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Old 02-09-2013, 03:11 PM   #1
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Question Would you allow a Dr's office not being handicapped friendly?

I've been having some very serious back pain the last few weeks. My PM sent me to a neurologist. With my back pain I've been ordered to use a walker by my PM.

I'm looking at back surgery with rods an screws ect to hold my back together.

After waiting almost a month to get into see this Neurologist I get there an find out there is 3 big heavy glass doors that gets me to see my Neurologist and no automatic door or handicapped button. There was barely room between 2 doors for me to get out of DH's way so he could open the door for me.

Had it been a dentist office I prolly would not have thought to much about the doors but since at this time in my life I'm semi disabled those doors rubbed me the wrong way. I thinkin to go to a neurologist that most patients would be at least semi disabled if not totally. I'm really questioning if this is the doctor for me.....How about you?
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Old 02-09-2013, 03:21 PM   #2
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I've been having some very serious back pain the last few weeks. My PM sent me to a neurologist. With my back pain I've been ordered to use a walker by my PM.

I'm looking at back surgery with rods an screws ect to hold my back together.

After waiting almost a month to get into see this Neurologist I get there an find out there is 3 big heavy glass doors that gets me to see my Neurologist and no automatic door or handicapped button. There was barely room between 2 doors for me to get out of DH's way so he could open the door for me.

Had it been a dentist office I prolly would not have thought to much about the doors but since at this time in my life I'm semi disabled those doors rubbed me the wrong way. I thinkin to go to a neurologist that most patients would be at least semi disabled if not totally. I'm really questioning if this is the doctor for me.....How about you?
So if it were your dentist the doors wouldn't be a problem?

I could be wrong but it just sounds like a "principle of the thing", kind of deal.

If you really like this doc and the doors are just a minor inconvenience, I'd probably just live with it.

If the doors make it so you can't navigate in to see the doc then I bet some of his other patients have been in this situation. Maybe you could ask him about it and see what other folks do.
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Old 02-09-2013, 03:24 PM   #3
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I've been having some very serious back pain the last few weeks. My PM sent me to a neurologist. With my back pain I've been ordered to use a walker by my PM.

I'm looking at back surgery with rods an screws ect to hold my back together.

After waiting almost a month to get into see this Neurologist I get there an find out there is 3 big heavy glass doors that gets me to see my Neurologist and no automatic door or handicapped button. There was barely room between 2 doors for me to get out of DH's way so he could open the door for me.

Had it been a dentist office I prolly would not have thought to much about the doors but since at this time in my life I'm semi disabled those doors rubbed me the wrong way. I thinkin to go to a neurologist that most patients would be at least semi disabled if not totally. I'm really questioning if this is the doctor for me.....How about you?
I am sorry for your health issues.

I do find it odd.

My son broke his arm and we were sent to an orthopedic. His office was down a full flight of stairs in the basement of a physical therapy office. It was painfulto watch these poor people with mobility issues struggle to get up and down the stairs. Some were elderly, others in accidents, etc. I often wondered why on earth they would use this guy!

I say look for another doctor!
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Old 02-09-2013, 04:30 PM   #4
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Plenty of people who aren't handicapped see a neurologist, including myself and my dh. I'm certain most handicapped people go to the dentist.
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Old 02-09-2013, 04:31 PM   #5
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I've been having some very serious back pain the last few weeks. My PM sent me to a neurologist. With my back pain I've been ordered to use a walker by my PM.

I'm looking at back surgery with rods an screws ect to hold my back together.

After waiting almost a month to get into see this Neurologist I get there an find out there is 3 big heavy glass doors that gets me to see my Neurologist and no automatic door or handicapped button. There was barely room between 2 doors for me to get out of DH's way so he could open the door for me.

Had it been a dentist office I prolly would not have thought to much about the doors but since at this time in my life I'm semi disabled those doors rubbed me the wrong way. I thinkin to go to a neurologist that most patients would be at least semi disabled if not totally. I'm really questioning if this is the doctor for me.....How about you?
How did you feel about the actual neurologist/office staff, aside from the doors? Since your husband accompanies you, the doors weren't actually a problem for you, right? You are just thinking about other patients?

Is it possible there is another entrance (a back entrance, parking lot entrance, etc.) that doesn't have the doors?
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Old 02-09-2013, 05:47 PM   #6
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How did you feel about the actual neurologist/office staff, aside from the doors? Since your husband accompanies you, the doors weren't actually a problem for you, right? You are just thinking about other patients?

Is it possible there is another entrance (a back entrance, parking lot entrance, etc.) that doesn't have the doors?
The bolded is what I want to know. Should be simple to ask the front desk staff if there's a more accessible entry.
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Old 02-09-2013, 05:56 PM   #7
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Old 02-09-2013, 06:38 PM   #8
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When it comes to picking a doctor I try to find the one with the best skill for my needs. Would it be easier if it was handicap accessible? Sure, but that's minor compared to having a quality doctor. Try to look at the big picture as far as your needs.
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Old 02-09-2013, 06:38 PM   #9
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I would try to switch doctors right away. Imho, all doctor's offices should be totally accessible.
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Nowhere is ever accessible. If they have a door button its installed in an impractical manner that makes it completely useless. If it is installed in a decent place there is a large decorative tree, or bench obstructing its use. If it is unobstructed then the door doesn't work, and they will never ever fix it.

I once arrived at a restaurant for a meeting. The other party had verified that the restaurant was wheelchair accessible. Their door was functioning, they had an appropriate washroom, and parking... the tables and the bar? They were all up a short flight of five stairs the restaurant STILL didn't understand why that was worth mentioning, to someone querying the accessibility of the location.

If there is parking and a ramp, wait and see where they plow the snow in the winter! or how long they take to repair it!

If the dors are a deal breaker for you, then by all means switch. But wuth the next Dr its going to be something else, because there is always something else.
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