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Old May 15th, 2013, 08:52 AM   1
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Any Ontario mamas? Rant and a Q about OB referrals


Gah! I HATE my GP today!

Let me start by saying my gp is a very busy woman in a very busy practice but they SUCK!

I'm 19 weeks and last time I saw my GP at 16 weeks, she said she was faxing off a referral to a highrisk group of OB/GYNs at the hospital that ill be delivering at. They are notorious for taking a 'long time' to get into so she requested I make my 20week apt with her incase the OB couldn't sneak me in ontime.

Well! I have my 20 week apt next week and guess what!? I just called to confirm my referral was sent and they forgot!
Also, as a side note, they forgot to send a referral out for my son to see a plastic surgeon and opthamologist!

I'm just so pissed off! At this rate I'll see the OB once before I get to have this baby.

Another thing- the receptionist has 'forgotten' or 'lost' stuff in the past with a promise to discuss with the doctor and call me back by the end of the day. In the 10+ times I've had to harrass her to do her freakin job, she's never once actually called me back. Not once!

I know I'm hormonal but I just don't feel like they're taking this seriously.

That said. To my question:

At what point are you transferred to OB care? I'm specifically asking Ontario mommas but will value any input from ladies outside of Ontario/Canada



 
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Old May 15th, 2013, 08:58 AM   2
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I work for an OB/GYN doctor and we love to receive referrals between 16-22 weeks so then we can get them an appointment whenever appropriate (some may need to be sooner due to GD, hypertension, multiple pregnancy, etc) but that doesn't mean the doctor always sends a referral then...sometimes we get women who are 33-36 weeks along!

As annoying and inconvenient for you keep calling every day until they send a referral for you because since you are high risk (I think I read that somewhere) I am sure the OB would want the referral sooner rather then later.

Hope your GP and the office get their asses in gear, its not fair to make you wait.



 
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Old May 15th, 2013, 09:56 AM   3
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I'm from Newfoundland not Ontario but I get sent to an OB starting 24 weeks. It's definitely not right though that you have to check up on them to make sure that referrals are being sent, I've never had to check up at my GP. In fact when it's been a an urgent referral like when my LO got shingles at 7 months my doctor called up the dermatologist herself.



 
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Old May 15th, 2013, 10:50 AM   4
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I'm in Ontario. I think in my other two pregnancies, I started seeing my OB in the beginning of 6 months. I was not high risks tho. This pregnancy, I saw an OB at 12 weeks, only because I didn't have a family doctor...but I only saw her once because by 13 weeks, I started seeing a midwife.

Sorry I couldn't be more help....it's not right that you have to be on them to do their job. I wouldn't stand for that.



 
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Old May 15th, 2013, 11:35 AM   5
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I'm in Ontario, my GP starts the referral process at 12 weeks, because that is when I have my last prenatal appointment with her. Then I have OB appointments starting around week 16-17. My OB refers me for the morphology ultrasound, which has to be done at week 18-20 so I have to see him before then. I guess your GP must set up that u/s?

My GP forgot to send my referral too, she went on vacation and I called after not hearing from the OB for weeks, and found out they never sent the referral.. But my OB got back to me the day they actually sent the referral and got me an appointment.



 
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Old May 15th, 2013, 12:35 PM   6
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I'm in PEI, I had a appointment with my GP at 16 weeks and go back next week at just over 20 weeks, and he told me at my 16 week appointment to have my OB choice made as he will be referring me after this 20 week appointment. It will be my final appointment with him, but I have to admit here referrals seem to take no time at all, if they refer me the same day as my appointment I should hear from my OB within 3-5 days and have a appointment for my 24 week check up.



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Old May 15th, 2013, 14:33 PM   7
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I'm in Ontario too! My GP is a total waste case - I demanded he start the referral process at 12 weeks but luckily I got a call saying I had a midwife spot shortly after. Have you given any thought to having a midwife as your primary care provider during pregnancy? You can still transfer to an OB if you are high risk just prior to delivery.

Anyway, yeah, the referral process is stupid. For people who don't have a GP, my hospital has a self-referral outpatient clinic.. honestly you might be better off divorcing your doctor and self-referring to an OB if you can do that. I know it's hard to find a new GP but forgetting to do things repeatedly is a giant red flag.



 
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Old May 15th, 2013, 16:41 PM   8
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Whereabouts in Ontario are you? My GP referred me to an OB at 8 weeks! Im not high risk either. She put the referral in when I saw her at 8 weeks and my 12 week appt was with the OB!! Who has been absolutely phenomenal to this point!! Love her!
You could always go to emerge at the hospital where you want to deliver...normally they will refer you to an OB that will be on call there.



 
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Old May 15th, 2013, 18:47 PM   9
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Thanks everyone for your input.

I (not surprisingly) didn't get a call back from the receptionist today and so called to follow up again.

In short, I told her off, calling her out on the other 10-15 times she never called me back. She claimed we had never spoke before which is obviously a huge lie. I've been seeing this doctor since last year as have my whole family.

Anyway. I'm in the GTA, in a town called Milton. Ill be delivering at Credit Valley in Mississauga and just want to get my ducks in a row. I know the OB won't accept self referrals so I NEED one from my doctor and its FAR too late to get a midwife. You need to get on a wait list before you even test to get in around here.

I also wouldn't consider going to ER over something like this just yet but see no problem getting myself to a walk in for a referral right away if this persists for much longer.

I have a 7 year old and although my memory is foggy, I'm sure I was referred to an OB by 20 weeks, if not 16.

So.... Not sure if this doctor is purposely putting off my request or if they're actually that incapable, but I'm losing my patience!

I'll be "that" persistant nagging biotch until someone over there does their job. I definitely don't have a problem calling 2 times a day.

Don't they know not to mess with a hormonal pregnant woman? Gosh!



 
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Old May 15th, 2013, 20:40 PM   10
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I am from Ontario aswell (Ajax area) I had my GP send off my forums at around 12 weeks ( i had to harp on them aswell) then i got my first appt. at 16 weeks with my OB (this was with my son, this pregnancy i am going with a midwife.)

Have you tried calling you OBs office? Sometimes if you speak the the receptionist and tell them your high risk they can get the forums over to them faster.



 
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