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06/27/2016
By: Aleta H.
Patient First - Columbia
I was on vacation in Williamsburg, Va and developed what. I thoughthought was a probable tooth abscess.. We left our vacation which was OK to race down to my in network patient 1st..I could not decide on the hospital ER versus 'Patient First" (PF) .I chose PF ..the receptionist was nice and let me keep my place in line when I had to run to the bathroom ..The nurse and the phlebotomist were Very nice too when they took my wt and drew blood ( I am not and easy stick) .Then there was the MD ..she was nice but did not examine or palpate the area ..I have never had a doctor assess the area that is affected..I asked her about it and she said she could see my abscess in plain site..no assessment needed then instructed me to go to my dentist 1st thing in the am...also she put on the paperwork I needed to follow up with my primary who was already in the system not my dentist..I asked her about the the error on the paperwork and was told that is usually what there system does.. I was very confused I felt untreated , rushed, and under valued as a patient / slashed customer then I understood.. I looked up at the clock and they were closing ..Now I wish I had gone to the ED.....boohoo
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12/29/2015
By: kenjacks3329
Patient First - Columbia
Fantastic experience. Went there for a problem with a vein in my ankle. The treated it, explained everything to my satisfaction and did so in a courteous and professional manner. Went back to day for an annual physical and it was the easiest and best physical I have ever had. Top drawer!!!
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