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500 J Clyde Morris BlvdNewport News, VA 23601
Waited in ER for 58 minutes and no one would help after asking several times. Went to MI and had my gallbladder out in 8 hours. Never go back to t…
12200 Warwick Blvd Ste 170Newport News, VA 23601
120 Kings WayWilliamsburg, VA 23185
217 McLaws CirWilliamsburg, VA 23185
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.
Dr. Ginsburgh has been my physician for several years and I continue to be impressed with his warmth, professionalism and expertise. I believe my health care is a primary importance to him and his staff.
Dr. Ridella dismissed my symptoms and simply reads lab reports rather than treating the whole patient. She's more interested in numbers than how her patients are feeling. I would never recommend her to anyone.
Ms.Andrus doesn't take her oath as she should. She is supposed to help patients not turn them away and throw them into the streets with their pain. This is an unacceptable act from a PAIN doctor. This is also considered neglect to a patient.
relative was in this hospital for a couple of weeks. I would not say that the Dr's are the best there it appears to me like a clinic. It's like certain things are not done on the weekend and most of the employees are on bankers hours. ( like a clinic) one Dr on call at night. Most of the nurses were very good this is one good thing about the hospital. However if you think you or your love one is very sick you need to go to another hospital.. Also they didn't fight at all to get him into a decent rehabilitation center. I recommend another hospital if your love one may have a serious illness.
This is my son in VA and in need of help !!!! what is this hospital doing but letting people die or suffer in pain !!!! I bet they have they animals treated this is just unhuman I am at my witts end !!!! if any body can help PLEASE !!!! I am very tired....I am tired of sleeping maybe 4 hours of sleep waking up every 15 minutes or so because of pain where I finally have no choice but to get up out of bed, I am tired of vomiting all the time....I am just tired of life...I went to the er where I had a bp of 204/158, sweating profusely, with elevated troponin levels. I still have a 10mm kidneystone stuck in the left side with more behind it. I also have more on the right side. While I was in the hospital the doctor told me I need to get treated and see a urologist, cardiologist, pulmonary specialist, and a kidney specialist as well as a pain doctor. They know I have no insurance, They know there is no programs here to help me...One doctor told me if I want to get help I need to move out of the common wealth. So they tell me if I am not treated soon, The hospital will no longer help me, treat my pain, nothing. In the same breath health care professionals keep telling me I am going to...See More
HORRIBLE REVIEW FOR DR. CONCEPCION S. ASPILIDr. Concepcion S. Aspili is the worst Doctor and one of the nastiest people that I have had the displeasure of meeting. For over a week and many months to come I was extremely sick. Sick to the point of not being able to work, go to school or function normally. I had to go to the ER a couple of times and had and still have many appointments with Doctors/Specialists. This has definitely been one of the worst times in my life. In March 2015, I came to Dr. Aspili in desperate need of medical attention from a competent and caring physician, I got none of that. What I got was a woman with a nasty attitude who did not care, did not want to be there and who was in a serious rush to get out of there, even though she was about an hour late for the appointment! This woman came into the room with a foul look on her face and did not say “Hi” or introduce herself. The first question she asked me was, “What’s been going on?” I replied, “A lot” and was going to explain when she caught me off guard by saying, “I don’t have time for all of that! This is just a consultation!” Stunned I replied, “I was not going to tell you my life story, only what is relevant to my health issue. During the rest of my visit with Dr. Aspili she continued to be very rude, condescending and sarcastic. She seemed to not take my health issue seriously, like I was making it up or something. She even used quotation marks mocking the problem that I was having. She was full of passive aggressiveness and some very direct jabs. She also prescribed me medication the made me extremely ill and it took me months to recover from. With her nasty personality I wonder if she did it on purpose. I felt ten times worse after my visit with Dr. Aspili. If it was not for me feeling so ill, I probably would have let the bit*h have it!!! That is how upset I was! In weeks to come and after being out of work and school for weeks, it was time for me to return back to work. I was once again enraged by Dr. Aspili’s incompetents and “I don’t give a damn work ethic. She did not sign the return to work form or the FMLA papers that I left for her, that she had plenty of time to fill out. Because of this I was sent home from work and was not able to come back until the paper was signed. It took two weeks to get the papers and two weeks of lost wages because this heifer went on vacation. Not only did Dr. Aspili do a horrible job but she made my illness and stress worse! She probably was a C- student and the only place that would take her is 48th Street Physicians. Maybe she is bitter that she works there and that she is not a prestigious Doctor? Whatever her problem is she needs to fix it, because it most defiantly shows. No matter what a person is going through it does not give them a pass to be a rude nasty person. If she hates her job and or does not want to deal with lower income patients, she should quite, period. The first oath a Doctor takes is, FIRST DO NO HARM!I would not recommend Dr. Aspili to any one not even herself!Sincerely,Very Unhappy/Angry PatientP.S. Would have written this review sooner but I’m just now feeling well enough to do so. The staff did a good job. And what kind of name is Concepcion?!!
I had 4 children at MIH, from 1988-2001. I had a wonderful experience. Everyone was very helpful. I can still remember the nurse Yvonne on mother baby 23 years later. I like to follow up on previous ratings of 1 out of 4 from others. It is truly unfortunate that many people do not have insurance, even with the so call "Obama" affordable health care act. Bon Secours is truly in a class by themselves.Many institutions on the peninsula will not care how you will pay your bill, but you better figure it out fast!At Bon Secours they have a program called "Advanced Patient Advocacy!" These wonderful people will go the extra mile to help you secure financial help.People need to realize hospitals provide a service/they pay their employees, medications, update equipment ect. Hospitals are in BUSINESS to help you, yes that is true,when you go to the grocery store, do you 1st sample the goods at home then pay later?Before you become indignant ask them if they have programs to help you.
HORRIBLE HORRIBLE EMERGENCY ROOM EXPERIENCE!!! If it's not LIFE THREATENING she is not willing to look at any other possible conditions or treatments. Did not do any sort of physical exam to check for other problems. Wouldn't order labs to find the possible cause of my visit/complaint because she stated timing is everything in the ER. Only to find out her shift was about to end. No compassion or concerns for my pain. Extremely rude and antagonizing. After going back and forth with her without any resolve she finally asked "What do you expect me to do? I don't have a Magic Pill to fix you" That statement ended the conversation because I could not longer deal with her rude, unprofessional behavioral. After filing a complaint I sought treatment immediately at another hospital.
If I could give this "doctor" a negative star rating I would. THE WORST. Her bedside manner is awful, she has ZERO compassion, and parades around with a group of students that come into the room without the parent's consent. My child was used as a teaching specimen, NOT as a patient. After filing a complaint with her office, she denied everything and offered zero care or apology. Just AWFUL.
Never have I been to a doctor or any other professional office and treated so poorly. The Doctor himself I would have rated higher. The staff on the other hand, are unprofessional and rude. I am particularly speaking of his office manger. I don't know when and were someone so uneducated and rude would become the face of someones business. The sad thing is we brought one incident up to the doctor and she then spoke to him just as rude and then dropped his head like a scolded dog. I am still appalled by the entire thing.
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.