After Hours Medical Care in Birmingham, AL with Reviews -

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By: Kris B.
Ambrosia, Jerome V
My mother went in severe back pain and an MRI was done. She was given nothing for pain at all that day and was told that she would know on Monday about the MRI. On Wednesday at 3:30 she was finally called and told that she had a compressed vertebrae fracture and that someone could come get some pain prescription for her. She is 93 years old and does not drive so her son in law had to go from Hueytown to Center Point then wait an hour for the prescription (dr had said it would be ready< but they had to get him out of surgery to sign it) Then take it to Gardendale and get it filled and get it to my mother. He also said he wanted her to see a spine specialist and that he would set up the appt. So far we have heard nothing about an appointment and since he did not do anything else he said he would do, why would we think he would do that appt. I have never seem a place that was more disorganized and a dr that just told you what you wanted to hear and did not follow up. We will NOT be seeing this dr again with my mother and we will NOT reccommend this dr to anyone. My mother's name is Virginia Heinl. She was made to hurt from Friday until Thursday because the dr did not think it was important to give her anything for pain on the Friday when she had the MRI. He could tell she was hurting, that is just not right.
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By: Sam G.
Sparks and Favor PC
So my wife has been going here for a while and really liked her gyno Dr. Brown. They usually do a great job. However, my wife got pregnant recently and we wanted to get her in for an appointment ASAP because we thought she could be 8-10 weeks along. We played phone tag with the billing dept. and nurses for two weeks just to talk to the right person to make the appointment, with them KNOWING she was pregnant for the first time and really wanted to see a doctor to know what was going on. Then today when we finally got her insurance info squared away and were ready to make an appointment, they told us that we have to pay for the entire delivery in advance (before we even had our FIRST appointment) or we could break it into three payments of about $400. They didn't mention anything about a pre-payment during the two weeks when we were trying to make an appointment. I really feel like the nurses and billing staff didn't care about my wife or our pregnancy and we'll be going elsewhere. Dr. Brown is great but the other staff really dropped the ball with us.
By: Robert N.
MedCenter Hoover
My daughter fell and cut her knee at Oak Mountain Park the day before Thanksgiving. I took her to MedHelp on 280 only to find it closed. It was 3PM and the hours on their website were listed as 8A-8P. Another urgent care on 280 was also closed so I called MedCenter. I was relieved to find them open and took my daughter right over to them. Every staff member, from the front desk to the support personnel in the back, was very pleasant and exceptionally caring. So too was Dr. Crawford. As an MD myself, I have regrettably found the medical care here in Birmingham to be less than optimal on a number of occasions. Not so at MedCenter. This was not brain surgery, just a few stitches, but very professionally and competently done from start to finish. Thanks and a tip of the hat. I would not hesitate to return.
By: oldmanray
Carr, Dennis D DMD MD
Dr Carr Is a good Dentist. I do not trust his office staff. Their business practices are not very ethical. They overcharged me for an extraction and when I caught them and requested a refund they stalled for 7 weeks. They did a panorama xray unnecessarily on me when I had arranged for my primary dentist to send a current xray and I verified that they had it. Their Panorama equipment is somehat poor and they should not have done this xray. They checked my insurance coverage and saw that it had been long enough since the last one for it to be covered but they should have let my primary dentist do it with their better equipment. Dr Carr needs to monitor his staff more closely.
By: aaaaaabby
Narrows Health & Wellness Clinic
I love the Narrows! I have been a patient there for 7 years. The office staff is VERY helpful. You don't have to have an appointment and they have always gotten me back very fast! The nurses and doctors have always listened to my symptoms and sat and discussed my treatment options. They feel more like a teammate in my health than the normal patient/doctor relationship. I have also had several referrals done from this office and they were all done by the next day. The billing department goes above and beyond in helping with my insurance. I tell all my friends and family to go to the Narrows. You won't get better treatment anywhere!
By: Karen A.
American Family Care
I was sent to this location to recieve a urinalysis by a new employer soon as I sat down my name was called heck I thought it was going to be a minute so I had went to the rest room soon as I got there I know shame on me greeted by Mrs.Kendra she laughed and gave me a bottle of water I sat for a while then went back to her she immediately called me back she was patient,, very kind and friendly conversation I mean I actually told her she was the nicest person I've met since moving to Birmingham 6 mths ago I would return to this location if nothing more than another friendly conversation and a nice smile thank you Mrs.Kendra!!!!
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By: Angela J.
Dr. James M Abroms, MD
I appreciate Dr. Brandner for not only allowing me, but inviting me to be a willing participant in my own health care. With a family history of devastating heart disease and diabetes, Dr. Brander has taken my health care concerns very seriously and has taken an aggressive approach to getting my numbers where they need to be. He does not settle for that being almost good enough. His bedside manners are a tremendous asset as well. He injects humor into your visit and makes no difference between his patients; Mountain Brook or Bessemer, all are given the same heart-pleasing care. I highly recommend him.AJ
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By: Tracy S.
Bouchard Alain Dr
I went in to the hospital in 2014 with what I thought was a heartattck. Dr Bouchard came in daily and checked on me not convinced it was a heart attack. He set me up for an angiogram and while waiting I went into a what I call a bad spell I couldn't breathe and didnt know what was happening and Dr Bouchard and his team went to work turned out I was in congestive heart failure. He took great care of me and has been working with me ever since. He also recommended and got me in with an awesome rheumatologist who works directly with him. Together I am better than ever! His staff and team are awesome
By: Sarah R.
Brookwood Emergency Department
I didn't read previous reviews until I was already signed in and waiting. I thought my goodness there are mostly bad reviews. However, my experience was not bad. The staff was friendly, informative, and they looked happy to help. I didn't feel like I was inconveniencing anyone. They said they were extremely busy and I was checked in and walking out with my son's paperwork in an hour. Please do not go off the previous reviews. This is a wonderful place.
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By: Patsy R.
UAB Rheumatology
A wonderful clinic with a considerated, knowledgeable, doctor named David Spalding. He is the best. His nurse and the other staff are polite as well as caring to the needs of their patients. I have never had to wait and have always felt Dr Spalding was attempting to help me get well. If you desire excellent medical care, he Is an outstanding and a fantastic Rheumatologist. He even tried to find a pretty shoe store for me on his iPhone.
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