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By: Leisa W.
Center for Orthopaedics
Receptionists were nice. You are given a number according to order, you are lined up for vitals, then you wait for your number to show up on a screen while you fill out paperwork. When your number shows up, you find your own way through the maze to your room. An assistant did walk in, in a bit, and asked a few questions. When doc came in he allowed me to ask some questions, but had no clear answers without having to refer me elsewhere. But did give me a prescription for PT. As I was walking out someone noticed I still had my clipboard with my medical history and asked for it. I have lingering medical issues and it would have been nice that they be reviewed prior to doctor interview. I found my way through the maze to pay and asked for a copy of the diagnosis (the checkout girl seemed perturbed that I asked, so I had to explain I had several medical problems and this would help me keep them straight) and was told there was none. Does the word cattle come to your mind the way it has mine??
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By: Bridget H.
Dr. Alan Hinton, MD - Hinton Orthopedics
We care about our patients, and we want them to know it. When you call our office, you will speak to a person, not a machine. When you come in to the office, you will see the doctor, not a nurse practitioner. We want to make sure that your experience with Hinton Orthopedics is nothing short of exceptional.
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