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The holiday festivities are over, but January doesn't have to be a drag. It's actually the best time to finish projects and organize your life – all while having a little fun.
1365 Clifton Rd NE Bldg AAtlanta, GA 30322
The holiday festivities are over, but January doesn't have to be a drag. It's actually the best time to finish projects and organize your life – all while having a little fun.
Wonderful visit from start to finish! Caring staff, and my doctor was awesome! I arrived for my appointment a few minutes early, and waited about 15 minutes to be called back. While I waited to be called, I watched the front desk, and nurses interact with the people in the waiting room like old friends, it felt so welcoming! I even saw a worker come out to help a lady who she saw hadn't been called back in a while, turns out she was just waiting for her hubby.When I got called back, the nurse was so warm and funny, and made me feel so comfortable with a huge smile and even offered to carry my bag! What?! This is great service, people. My doctor was so kind and listened to me the whole time, made sure she covered all my concerns, and chatted with me through the whole exam, she was awesome! They even have a lab, an x ray department, and a pharmacy here!To the grump complaining: you ONLY waited 15 minutes past your appointment time, and you are assuming they're not busy because the waiting room wasn't full? Maybe they are just good at getting folks back To see the doctor - I routinely waited an hour+ to see my old doctor, and the old staff were cold and distant, then afterwards I would have to go somewhere else to get blood drawn, and pick up my prescriptions. Urgent care means you can walk in without an appointment, not that the doctors here can't address your illness - you didn't understand that, so you assumed the worst, and wrote a bad review. If you assume the worst in every situation, you will always be disapponted.
First and last visit. Not recommended for working people. I had an 11am appointment, arrived early and was called in 1/2 hour later after sign in. Then, after vitals were taken, sat in a room for over 50 minutes waiting for a doctor who I was assigned to a week earlier by Kaiser, but who never arrived & no explanations were given to me. The facility did not appear to be busy either. I informed them I was leaving (having to return to work) although I'd paid the co-pay up front and no one seemed to care. The patients appeared to be mostly elderly/retired people who perhaps can afford to wait. Perhaps this facility is understaffed. I can't rate the care because I didn't receive any. Honestly, almost one and one half hour wait for a "no show" doctor, WHEN you have an appointment! Really! Be aware that the website for this large Sugar Hill/Buford facility list: "No Urgent Care" which they define as, and I'm quoting: earaches, coughs, sore throats, minor injuries, upper respiratory symptoms!! MD's on staff, but they can't handle a cough or cold? On the bright side, it is a very new, neat and clean environment suitable for reading or web browsing, you just can't get medical care there.
Love Dr. Schutte. She has helped me so much. She is professional but also very caring and nice to talk to.
I would like to share my bad experience after visitation at doctor Dipak Patel. During the medical examination the doctor are very unprofessional to us. That man prescribed medication which is very expensive and can not be found in the pharmacies. He told me that my child is suffering from some strange disease which no longer exists in America and can not provide medical expertise. How do you think I felt?The next day realized that I can buy a medicine for only $8 without prescription in any pharmacy!!!I bought the drug and went to visit the doctor! But for my surprise he didn't want to talk with me. I asked them to give my money back but instead of this they told me to leave the office! Is that a normal relation between a doctor and a patient? I don't think so!
I only put 1 star because there wasn't an option for none. This facility is disgusting, the staff along with the doctor are unprofessional and unfriendly. The wait is ridiculous especially when you've booked an appointment. I would never refer anyone to this place.
This doctor should not be allowed to practice medicine! She closed her office from 9/10-9/27 2015 , so she could go to Italy! Leaving her patients to go urgent care, emergency room, or minute clinics for care ! She also keeps 3 dogs in her office who are allowed to roam freely! The wait time is over an hour! She is in and out when she finally sees you! Her answer to everything is multiple prescriptions! I took my 11 year old in for a well check visit and left with 4 prescriptions ! Never filled them didn't need them! StAy away from her ! Use with caution
I have been going to Dr. Sills for over 10 years. She is an amazing doctor and I have always enjoyed her staff. I will admit that the wait can be long at times. For me, its worth it! Yes, there are dogs in the office. They are very friendly and the office is clean. So the dogs have never been an issue for me. I've never had a doctor take the time to sit and talk to me like she does. She actually cares about her patients! I would recommend her to anyone that is looking for a great doctor!
Yesterday, I contacted your office about 9:40 am and left a message saying I needed the additional prescription and could it be phoned in to the pharmacy. I didn't get a call back so I called again around 3:15 and was informed that they didn't know what prescription I was talking about. I don't know if that's because they didn't look at my records or needed to speak to the doctor who wrote the prescription last Saturday. I was then told this prescription couldn't be phoned in and I would have to pick it up. I asked how late the office was open and was told that you closed at 6. I said I got off work at 5 and would get over there to pick it up. I work in Snellville and left exactly at 5pm, snatched my daughter up from Daycare and drove toward Buford. I'm sure you are familiar with traffic on Highway 20, so when it appeared I may be a little late I called your office and spoke to Pat telling her I was on my way and may be 5 minutes late. She informed me that they closed at six and were ready to leave and if I wasn't there by 6 I would have to come back the next day. I explained again that I was close and had been trying very hard to get there by six but may need her to wait for a few minutes. She again told me no. I pulled into your office parking lot two minutes before 6 pm to find the office closed up and locked (5:58 is the time that showed on my car clock and phone). I thought someone would probably still be there and literally banged on the door to no avail. Needless to say I was extremely upset as I had done everything I possibly could to get there by 6pm and had maintained contact with Pat who was totally unwilling to bend. This morning I called your office and again spoke to Pat. She informed me that she clocks in and out according to the clock in the office and she didn't go by my clock and it was 6:00 when she left. She then said there was a nurse practitioner there until 6:30 (she didn’t hear the banging on the office door?)! I was still extremely agitated during this call and Pat kept putting me on hold for various lengths of time returning with a phony sweet, sarcastic tone. This was the most frustrating and upsetting experience I have had with a doctor's office. Isn't a medical office supposed to be compassionate, caring and considerate? Was there a reason Pat couldn't have told the Nurse Practitioner that I was trying very hard to get there and have her simply hand me that slip of paper??!! No, instead she seemed to be quite happy to put me in a frustrating and difficult position because her day ends at 6pm. She seemed to absolutely delight in putting me on hold, speaking dismissively to me when she picked up saying that there was no one I could speak to because she was the only one in the office. She did tell me she would have a manager return my call when he came in at 3pm. A manager who works only from 3pm to 6pm??As I said I was referred to you by mother and so was my sister. In talking to my sister she said she was basically treated the same way by Pat when she was in your office; abrupt and rude. My mother was shocked and upset and said that she has referred quite a few people to your office and although you are a wonderful doctor, will not be making any more referrals nor returning to your practice. Needless to say, neither will I. My mother and I work for companies that are very customer service oriented. We have both, on more than one occasion been asked to stay (for up to an hour) to accommodate a customer's needs. This in the name of customer service, professionalism and just plain common courtesy, not to mention the fact that we take pride in the business we represent, the owners and brands we work for. I have to say I hope Pat and this experience is not a true representation of you and your Associates at Buford Medical Center
STAY AWAY!!I would not recommend anyone here!. The lady at the front desk is very rude and there are dogs running around ! Everyone is very unprofessional.By far the worst place I have ever gone to.
Physicians and surgeons help to keep people - from infants to the elderly - as healthy as possible. These individuals provide diagnoses and treatments for a wide variety of ailments, and preventative care and early detection for more serious illnesses. Whether you love or hate going to the doctor, the fact is your physician is there to listen to your health concerns, take preventative measures against diseases and advise you on your options for staying in tip-top shape.
In 2013, there were more than 1 million doctors of medicine in the U.S., over 854,000 of which were active. Additionally, in 2012, there were about 18,000 active general surgeons in the country. It's important to know which type of physician or surgeon you need, how to choose the best one, and account for other considerations in order to stay healthy.
Patients can choose from a wide variety of physicians depending on doctor specialty and what problems they are experiencing. Here are a few of the most common types of physicians that you may see in your lifetime:
Your GP is the doctor that you go to for regular checkups, vaccines and to identify health issues. GPs can treat many different illnesses and injuries, from the common cold to a broken arm. If your health requires a second opinion or expert care, the GP will refer you to a specialist who has the skills to focus in on the issue.
Heart attacks and heart disease are some of the most common afflictions seen across the country, making cardiologists important to your long-term health. These physicians specialize in studying and treating the heart and related diseases.
Other than a GP, the dentist is likely the most common physician you'll ever see. These professionals work with the human mouth, ensuring that your teeth and gum health are up to par. Patients typically go to the dentist twice a year.
Dermatologists are focused on skin-related issues and diseases, from skin cancers, to acute acne, eczema, psoriasis, and general cosmetic concerns like aging and scars. Most will also perform annual or semi-annual mole checks to screen for any signs of melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer.
If you have a number of sinus infections or have had your tonsils taken out, you've likely seen an ENT specialist. ENTs handle ailments related to the ear, nose and throat, often related to taking out tonsils and treating hearing issues.
For many women, their gynecologist and obstetrician are the same person. These professionals work with the female reproductive system to focus on reproductive health, fertility issues, prenatal care, options for new and expectant mothers, neonatal care and childbirth. OB/GYNs can also help in the early detection of breast or cervical cancer.
There are obviously a number of physicians that you can choose from, but how do you know if they're the best choice for you? Here are a few considerations to help you pick a physician:
Look at Your Insurance
Before you get down to the details, you need to verify which doctors are covered by your insurance and whether they are in or out of your carrier's network. Rates may be cheaper if the doc is in network – a doctor can be covered by your insurance but not necessarily in network. Out of network is typically more expensive. Doctors often add and drop plans, so it's important to ensure that your options are compatible with your insurance plan. Doing your homework will help you avoid unexpected expenses.
Check for Board Certification
Your physician should be certified through the American Board of Medical Specialties. Doctors must earn a medical degree from a qualified school, complete three to seven years of residency training, be licensed by a state medical board and pass one or more ABMS exams to be certified.
Examine the Reviews
Reviews of a doctor can reveal a lot about what your experience may be like. People may grade on staff friendliness, availability and effectiveness of treatment. Looking at these evaluations and getting recommendations from family and friends can direct you toward a physician for your needs.
Surgeons can literally hold your life in their hands, and it's important to find the best one that can put you at ease and treat you effectively
You need to feel comfortable with your surgeon. It's important to communicate your concerns and that your surgeon can respond adequately. Surgeons should be willing to go over the details of your procedure and answer any questions that you may have. They must take the time to discuss and address your worries.
If you're going in for surgery, you want someone that knows what they're doing and has a high success rate. Ask how often the surgeon performs this surgery and try to find one that regularly does it. This will give you peace of mind that you're in capable hands.
Your decision on a physician or surgeon can be majorly affected by the insurance plan you have. You may have insurance through employment, your spouse, your parents if you're under 26, or the marketplace if the previous options don't apply to you. It's important to understand how your insurance works to have the full picture of what you'll need to pay for.
Your insurance will have a deductible, which is the amount that you're responsible to pay for covered medical expenses. Some plans have coinsurances, where you must pay a certain percentage of the bill, and insurance will cover the rest. Co-pays state a flat rate for certain services, like paying $20 when you visit your GP or a $100 co-pay for an emergency room visit. Once you reach your out-of-pocket maximum, which will differ if you're an individual or within a family plan, your insurance may pay for 100 percent of covered medical expenses for the rest of the plan year.
If you plan to go to the doctor, need medication or have been recommended for surgery, call your insurance provider or go online to see what your plan covers. You can choose the best doctor for your needs, understand your options and prevent yourself from being blindsided by medical expenses.
Most doctors require a phone call for an appointment, although some may provide online scheduling as well. Be sure to have your insurance card with you when you set an appointment, and to bring it with you to the actual appointment. They need the ID numbers to verify your coverage, and will usually make a copy of the card for their files so you don't have to show it again unless your insurance changes.
When you call, let them know if you're a new patient, as this will require you to complete some paperwork for your first visit. Tell them the reason for your visit, such as your symptoms if you're feeling sick. It's also important to inform them if you have Medicaid and to find out if you need to bring anything to the visit, like current medications or medical records.
From here, the receptionist will likely ask what dates and times work best for you. During your call, it's important to be honest about your symptoms and the reason for your visit. This information will help the doctor treat you and give him or her an idea of what to expect. Your appointment may progress faster as a result, and the doctor can come prepared with a list of options to better care for you.
Doctors see a number of patients in a day, sometimes in 15-minute increments in areas where the physicians are in high demand. This can leave little time for doctors to perform thorough examinations, and they can end up missing certain problem indicators. While some problems, like a cold or flu, can be diagnosed in this time, more complex ailments require attention, which takes up time. Reviews can illuminate which doctors actively spend the necessary time with their patients and which ones are pressed against the clock to meet demand.
Surgery has some more dire risks attached to it, so be sure to talk to your surgeon about the potential issues that can come up as a result of your procedure. If a patient has a reaction to anesthesia, it can cause very serious complications, but this is an uncommon occurrence. Blood clots can be a significant problem after surgery, often caused by inactivity during recovery. Infections, numbness, scarring, swelling and death are all possible, but the likelihood of these issues will vary depending on the type of surgery you're undergoing. Talk to your doctor about your concerns and your risk potential.
Surgery affects people in different ways, but as you begin to emerge from anesthesia, you'll want to alert your nurse to any issues you may have. The nurse will tell you how the procedure went, what effect it will have on your condition, what to expect when you get home and how long it will take to get back to normal. If you start feeling pain, the nurse may give you medication to stop it from getting worse. When possible, it's also advised to move around to avoid blood clots from developing in your legs. This can be as simple as occasionally flexing your knee or rotating your foot.
Some surgeries are outpatient procedures, where people are released the same day. For major surgeries, patients may stay at the hospital for a few days to be monitored and address any concerns before being sent home. Discuss with your surgeon the projected length of the hospital stay and what you need to bring.
Your recovery time and follow-up expectations will vary depending on your procedure. For example, you can be expected to be on your feet within a few days of having your wisdom teeth taken out, but it may be weeks before you have fully recovered from a broken foot or heart-valve surgery. Your surgeon will give you a list of things that you'll need to do during this time, including what medications to take and when you'll be able to get back to work and other activities.
Every surgery will have a follow-up call or appointment to discuss your recovery and allow you to ask any questions about unusual symptoms or changes in your overall health. If you have a major operation, like heart surgery, it's important to make regular checkups with your doctor or a specialist to ensure that everything is normal. Visiting a doctor will help deter infection and verify that everything is healing as expected. These appointments will give you peace of mind about your state of health and ensure that any issues are caught early on.