"My first consultation at Circle"
Posted by Judith MACBETH
Unfortunately coincided with the Lions Prostate cancer campaign - 11th March. My first encounter was the previous week for a CPR training evening which was excellent - except for the food - (curry followed by bread & butter pudding!!) The following week was my routine consultation with the doctor- whom I've seen for seven years now - previously at Spire Dunedin. This was excellent as usual, but parking took 20 minutes, the atrium was frenetic, and extra seats had to be placed in the small corridor leading to the doctor's consulting room. The receptionist, the nurse, the radiographer who did the mammo were all very helpful, friendly and efficient, which all adds much needed reassurance in such circumstances. However, wading through the hordes of people plus the car parking fiasco merely added unnecessary stress to a scenario I've come to feel reasonably comfortable with. The whole ambience of the atrium is welcoming, calm and very beautiful - but incorporating such a bun fight into that serenity seems at odds with the concept of reassuring patients!! I am a private medical secretary & have worked in BIH so am familiar with medical arenas.