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Place your bets!
I have a doctor's appointment this afternoon. My GP is very good at treating patients, but very bad at being on time. He's the sort of doctor who wants to keep talking to you until you're more sorted out than when you went into the surgery, which is a good thing, except that he also specialises in the most difficult patients. Typically mental health, dual diagnoses and complicated stuff that no one else wants to touch. Also, Tuesday is the only afternoon session he does, meaning that it's "junkie day". People with combined mental health & substance abuse problems tend to be even worse at mornings than I am, so his Tuesday afternoon surgery gets filled up with highly distressed individuals.

So, let's play a game. How late will Dr Mike be running by the time I get to see him?
Poll #1231662 How late is Dr Mike?

My doctor's appointment today is scheduled for 5.40 pm. I will actually be seen at...

5.40 - 5.49 pm
5.50 - 5.59 pm
6.00 - 6.09 pm
6.10 - 6.19 pm
6.20 - 6.29 pm
6.30 - 6.39 pm
6.40 - 6.49 pm
6.50 - 6.59 pm
7.00 - 7.09 pm
7.10 - 7.19 pm
7.20 - 7.29 pm
After 7.30 pm

Oh yeah, and for anyone who's wondering: the surgery closes when all the doctors have finished. I think it's officially open until 7 pm tonight, but that's just the official time of the last appointment.

I will post the result at some point after I get back, and the voter or voters who get closest will win some sort of virtual prize. Ideally something that doesn't cost me any real money ;D

Current Mood: silly silly

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rjw1 From: rjw1 Date: 29th July 2008 16:59 (UTC) (Link)
i suspect im being wildly optimistic.
36 From: 36 Date: 29th July 2008 19:44 (UTC) (Link)
I always see my GP 45 minutes after I should've done, but I don't mind at all though as I get at least double my appointment time.
nessbutterfly From: nessbutterfly Date: 29th July 2008 21:07 (UTC) (Link)
I like to have doctors like that. You can always be confident that you'll get all the time you need and not feel rushed. Quite often with the IVF specialist, he'd be over an hour late, and still spend close to an hour with us.

I hope my estimate is far from reality, though.
baratron From: baratron Date: 30th July 2008 10:50 (UTC) (Link)
Stupid poll isn't letting me see who voted for what, but the correct answer was that I got seen around 6.10 pm. So whoever voted for 6.10-6.19 pm is the winner!

Didn't get out until 6.40 pm though, not bad for a 10 minute appointment :/ I feel sorta guilty, but he really wanted to discuss treatment options.
earwigmc From: earwigmc Date: 1st August 2008 12:45 (UTC) (Link)
think my guess was ten minutes out =smile=

i don't think you need to worry/feel guilty about being given/taking time - that's one of the reasons you were waiting past your appointment time, because he gives time where it's important.
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