I have probably waited about 2 hours at an Eye Clinic.
I have twice walked out as the doctor was running more than an hour late and I had something else to do -I told the receptionist once to tell the doctor that my time is just as important as his and if I make an appointment, I do not expect to have to wait more than an hour.
I understand if there are emergencies, however over an hour is too long.
Probably around an hour but I would never walk out. I once took my husband to the doctor when he was critically ill and he had their undivided attenti until the ambulance arrived. It is easy to be critical of waiting times but we should always remeber the doctor's day may have got behind because he was saving someone's life.
I think an hour at the rheumatoloy clinic would be the very most! My drs are always pretty aware of time ,and will allow more if it is necessary,but usually I ring up half an hour before my appointment to see if I should go in later .Because I use taxis to travel,my doctors and specialists seem to make a special effort not to keep me waiting! I am extremely lucky to have a very empathetic and compassionate medical team!
It wasn't at my doctor's but a pre-op anaesthesia clinic but I waited two hours then walked out as I had to go and collect my son from kindergarten. Before leaving the hospital I went to the surgical dept and told them I was cancelling the operation due to the inefficiency of the anaesthetists and they exploded.... big loss of income for them! So I was brought back with a surgical secretary who swept me right into the anaesthetist's office and demanded that I was seem right away. I then got 5 star VIP treatment for the operation from both the surgical and anaesthetist teams, as they realised that I would and could stand up for myself and wasn't going to put up with shoddy treatment.
A lesson to us all! Doctors and nurses often pay no attention to their patients time so we need to make them aware that we don't always have all day to sit around waiting for them.
They do it because they CAN. Simply put -if people walked out or complained they would stop it. My doctor will not book 10 minute appts like others in the clinic but insists on 15 minutes. He will not be rushed and apologises profusely if he keeps me, or others waiting, longer than about 10 minutes.....some doctors obviously think their time is more valuable than ours......I blame the Dr and not the receptionist as she has instructions from him
I HATE waiting, and now that I have a small child, I always call ahead and see how the doctor is running for time. The longest I have waited was about 2 hours, perhaps a little longer. I don't think I've ever walked out.
One of my clinics has an hourly bus service in the small Victorian 'suburb', on the Mornington peninsula, so there are times when my appt. time means I have to wait 40 mins later for the next bus and can't help that. Then get in trouble from the shopkeepers for loitering as I often have no money to go to a cafe to kill the time.
I do let both receptionist/my Dr know when the appt. time is pushing it fine, and more than once I've run down the street to the bus with 5 mins to spare!
2 hours. Then the receptionist told me that doctors time is precious. I told her that no, my time is precious because I am the one in pain - not doctor.
Most of the time it is the receptionist that is calling the shots - don't put up with it. If there is a nurse that is in charge of the bookings - your situation can become worse. Nurses have this misconception of POWER. Don't put up with it. Tell them that in the next street or the next suburb, there is a doctor that can organise better than they can, that the patient doesn't have to put up with someone surfing the power wave. Tell them that you know a doctor or organisation that "functions better than you do". Just don't be silent.
NINETY minutes' post Appointment time! Was caused by a patient having a seizure at their home.
This is why I ALWAYS have a book, headphones with audio-cassette or CD player (yes, I'm a Luddite) & now, have an ITablet as well.
No, would not leave as I'm there for a reason, & that's NOT going to change, no matter how long I have to wait!
Almost 2 hours, yes I have considered walking out, but after a 2 hour wait decide to stay and be seen and make the doctor aware how long I have been waiting to be seen.
It does make you wonder why have an appointment time when kept waiting so for so long.
I have had to wait well over 1 hour and 15 minutes waiting to see my doctor.
I have felt like walking out but haven't as I think it is better to say what I think to my doctor (and have done so on several occasions).
I get really annoyed as the doctor's visit is to renew a script for restricted medicines.
I often wonder why I cannot simply pick up the script rather than require an appointment simply to renew a medicine by having to attend an appointment.
One of my regular clinics does a lunchtime script repeat session, for just 30 mins, and people don't need an appt.
But you have to be stable with your condition and not need anything else as this session may not even be with your regular Dr, it's just someone on rotation each day.
I waited over an hour at my specialist, on the other side of town. I had an appt., he only works one day a week in the clinic so times are made months in advance but each patient's issues are usually complicated so may take longer.
Then he may be called for emergency surgery that could push times back.