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She was my family physician until after 1 1/2 years of misdiagnosing me and prescribing 5 doses of antibiotics I had to leave her practice. The problem was fungal infection in my lungs. She refused my request three times to do a sputum test which would have had an immediate diagnosis and the proper medication. Her office staff are the worst I have ever dealt with. Checked in for an appointment only to watch four people go in ahead of my. Checked in again only to be told they must have missed my initial check in. I was standing directly in front of them when I checked in. I've been working for physician's most of my life and have never seen such a disfunctional office.
Office staff are infuriating. They book appointments incorrectly, send referrals to the wrong office, can't seem to keep on top of anything. Dr. Belgaumkar is okay. I have had better and I have had worse doctors. If I go in and say exactly what I need she is happy to help. If I go in looking for some direction she doesn't seem to know what to do. I often use the clinics because I have little patience for her office staff. She is on time or only ever running a few minutes late which I appreciate and if I am in a hurry it's better than waiting at the clinic.
I like and trust Dr. Belgaumkar. She has looked after me for many years, and I value her opinion on any medical matter. Uma does not hesitate to make referrals she feels are necessary. She is always interested in my general health and well-being. I feel lucky to have her as my G.P.
Unfortunately I have to agree with the less than satisfactory assessments here. I used to go to her but found that she was reluctant to send me for an mri that would have diagnosed a torn meniscus and tri-compartmental osteoarthritis. She also did not physically assess the knee. I knew something was wrong and asked to be referred to an arthritis specialist which also did not happen. Through a walk-in clinic I was referred to a specialist and after years of suffering with knee pain I was operated on and am now back to my 4-5 mile a day walk. It seems as if some doctors forget that listening and assessment skills are crucial. A hurried diagnosis (or lack of one) while walking out the door with laptop in hand is not my idea of medical "care". I received much better service from a clinic. Time to change how one approaches one's job...
My family and I have been her patients for years, and she's always been professional, pleasant, empathetic and knowledgable. I have zero complaints against her. Her attentiveness and expertise saved my life. We were lucky to find her when she was in the early stages of building her practice, and I've recommended her to others, all of whom report the same level of satisfaction that has been a part of my relationship with her throughout all these years.
I have had Dr. Uma Belgaumkar as my physician for nearly 10 years. While she has the basic skills to be a GP, I have found her to be always in a hurry and not listening carefully in order to make a thorough assessment and be empathetic to the patient's situation and experience. She seems reluctant to make specialist referrals until the pain and discomfort keeps getting worse. I really do believe, if she slows down, listens more and takes the time - she will can be a good GP.
Her staff are very cold. Can't understand them both on the telephone. I actually prefer going to a walk in clinic rather than go to her office. Any pain = physio - guesses at the cause. You basically have to tell her what you want and she will sometimes do it. She doesn't really pay attention to what you say and it has become worse since they became "chartless". Having worked in the medical/dental field I don't trust her staff to follow up nor do I trust her to follow up either.
Dr Belgaumkar is always on time, listens well, and does her best to help. She does often seem to be in a hurry to get through the appointment, though, which I don't like, and is often saying her last words to me as she walks out the door. I also think she charges too much for extras that she can't bill for. A few years ago she offered patients access to a computer service that would tell us when we should be coming in for check-ups-- but only at a steep price! I thought that was part of the service that doctors provide. I know that the practice of medicine is changing but I do feel that Dr. Belgaumkar errs a bit too much on the side of charging for services. I have also found that she doesn't always remember my medical history at times when she needs to. I do feel that she does her best at her job.
She was our family doctor for 7 years. Always found her to be cold, disinterested and extremely unhelpful. When we went to her because my daughter was suffering from shakes in the morning she said that there was nothing wrong. 1 year later we got a referral and she was diagnosed with epilepsy. In later appointments, Belguamkar forgot that my daughter even had epilepsy. On our last appointment she said that she didn't even know that I had children. Overall, very unhelpful, uncaring and a terrible doctor.
I went a few times to this doctor several years back and always felt rushed. The initial paperwork instructed me to only bring one problem per visit. I went to see her years ago for a pregnancy test. I was instructed to wait for my results in the waiting room. One of the receptionists walked up to me and told me my result in the middle of the waiting room and that was the end of my appointment! I never went back. Can't recommend.
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