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How long is your average wait before you actually see your pediatrician?

post #1 of 23
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I have 2 yr old twins and have been to the dr about 3-4 times in the last 6 weeks. My appts have always been in the morning, 10 or 10:30......One time the wait was 1 hr, and the other two were 45 minutes......each time they said they were sorry, that there was a really sick kid that had come in. I think it is ridiculous.....how can you be an hour behind when it opens at 9? The last time we went we got called in to a room after 15 minutes, but than sat 30 before the dr came..........I'm considering changing to a different dr for this reason.....I went in for my annual appt and was out 30 min after my scheduled time....my kids wouldn't have even gotten in by then......I can see once in a while yes, maybe there was a sick kid that needed extra attention......what are your thoughts and how long do you wait in the waiting room? Is this normal to have a long wait or I am just impatient?
post #2 of 23
We usually make the first or second appointment in the morning and the wait in the waiting room is betwen 5-15 minutes. Once we are in the examination room, however, sometimes we wait for up to 30min for the doctor to come in.
post #3 of 23
I wouldn't wait that long. I refuse to sit and wait any more than half an hour. I can understand emergencies every once in a while, but it's rediculous to wait at every appointment. My time is valuable too!
post #4 of 23
One of the reasons I love our pediatrician is I have never waited more than 10 minutes total. I usually schedule the first appt. of the day , but even when I haven't It has been 5 or less in the waiting room and 5 or less in the examine room
post #5 of 23
I refuse to wait longer than 30 minutes for any doctor unless I was told upon signing in that the Dr was running late. I just leave the waiting room and tell the receptionist that I need to reschedule for a time when the doctor actually has an opening.

This is my big pet peeve.
post #6 of 23
I have an wonderful, wonderful pediatrician. That said, we do have to wait sometimes. Not often! Most of the time I get to see her at the appointment time or 10 minutes after the appointment time. I usually schedule either the first or second appointment of the day. Or right after lunch. But I think she's mostly on schedule no matter when the appointment. She has a very small practice that she runs out of her house.

Edited to Add: I'd drop any doctor who consistently made me wait like you are describing. In fact, one of the reasons I dropped my OB (and went to a mid wife) when I was pregnant is because I was constantly sitting in that damn waiting room! I am so glad that I dropped that OB!
post #7 of 23
Our current ped is about 5-15 minutes.
Our previous ped was about 2-10 minutes.
Once, when we went on a saturday for urgent care hours, it was about a 25 minute wait.
post #8 of 23
Never less then an hour!
post #9 of 23
Our first ped had a wait of a minimum of 1 hour EVEN for the 1st appointment of the day. It was usually 1.5 - 2. Needless to say, our quality of life improved greatly when we switched peds and now it is under 10 minutes.

post #10 of 23
Our wait is usually 5-10 minutes
post #11 of 23
Anywhere from 20 minutes to an 1.5 hours (dh scheduled an appt for a holiday and EVERYBODY was there for vaccines or sports physicals)

My ob was an average 45 minute wait if I was lucky, but I think I have waited 10 minutes once for the midwife I see now because she had a problem.
post #12 of 23
We see a family doc but our wait is usually less than 10 minutes. Rarely it's been 20 minutes but that only really happens Monday morning or Friday afternoon. I usually make our appts that aren't emergencies for 8am Tuesday-Thursday, right when they open.
post #13 of 23
I think we had to wait 45 minutes once, and we don't schedule start of the day appointments. We normally have a 15 to 20 minute wait, at the most. I won't stay with a practice where I was waiting 45 minutes to an hour each time, it is just to long and DS would never be willing to stay in one area that long.
post #14 of 23
For a well visit (scheduled in advance) the wait is about an hour. For sick visits (appointment made same day) it's AT LEAST 2 hours. We see a holistic ped and her practice is the only one of its kind in the whole NE side of the state. Additionally, she spends an enormous amount of time with each patient and I really appreciate that. It's tough, but we plan for it with snacks and toys.
post #15 of 23
Our wait is usually less than 10 minutes. I think one time we had to wait almost thirty, but they worked us into the schedule that day and told me before hand we could be waiting up to 45 minutes once we got there.
post #16 of 23
At the ped we have waited anywhere from 5 mins to 25 mins but the longer wait time is very rare.

At the hematologist, though.... When DS was just a month or so old, we had an appt at 1pm and didn't leave the office til 5pm and saw the doctor about 4:00 or so. Granted, there, there are sertious emergencies with children who have cancer and other terrible disorders, but we learned to make our appts late in the afternoon there. If your appt is at 3:30 and the office closes at 5, you bet you won't be waiting 3 hours to see the doc.
post #17 of 23
5 minutes, tops.

My ped. rocks!
post #18 of 23
we've never waited more than 15 minutes. there is a sign at the reception desk stating if you have been waiting more than 20 minutes to please inform them. I shudder to think of having a sick kid and waiting sitting around a waiting room waiting for the ped!
post #19 of 23
I go to a 1 pediatrician office and there is never a wait for a well visit - maybe 5 minutes for a sick visit during the height of cold/flu season. He comes to the waiting room to get us so no wait once we are called.

Just the other day we went for a well visit with my twins. We were about 15 minutes early for our appointment and so he took us early and we were in and out by our appointment time. I can't imagine having to wait an hour with two year old twins. I shudder at the thought.
post #20 of 23
We only have to wait in the waiting area for usually no more than 10 minutes. However, once we're back in the exam room, it takes FOREVER! I would much rather wait in the waiting area where DD can play with the toys and books they have rather than having her in a cold exam room where she can't touch anything.
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