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Terrible, terrible, terrible. My emergency gastroscopy at the JGH was like something out of a horror movie. He barely spoke to me. Barely waited for sedative to kick in. Shoved that tube down and was rough. I have Ehlers-Danlos and this is very dangerous. I was gagging, slobbering and struggling. The nurse had to hold me down. Then he performed an anal exam in front of three students without my permission. I felt violated and angry. I will not see him again. And I hope he did not cause further internal bleeding with his rough scoping.
I was scheduled an appointment with Dr. Blum via the gastrocolorectal department at the Jewish General Hospital. The staff were friendly and pleasant, but he arrived late from his private clinic, was very brusque and rude, and unpleasantly dismissed my reason for being there and then barked instructions before shoving a tube down my throat. I'm sure he knew what he was doing, but his manner and lateness reflected poorly on him.
A technician spoke more to me than this doctor did. Asked me questions his nurses already put on my chart, and did not engage in any conversation or see if i had questions, before or after colonoscopy. I was in intense pain the whole time and it is three days later and I am still in pain due to his rough and fast work. (I was the last one of his morning). I am disturbed at how he treated me like a piece of meat and not a patient. He wrote that I was in pain on my chart but walked by me in recovery several times and never asked me how I was or even made eye contact. His attitude is like no doctor I have ever encountered. After such unnecessary pain, I would not want to go back to him unless I had no choice whatsoever. My husband went a few days before me, and although he did not have any real pain, he also did not feel comfortable with being treated like he was not even a person. He said he was grumpy and cold. I have no doubt that this doctor resents his job, by the way he behaved to both of us.
ThE WORST DOCTOR EXPERIENCE in my lifetime!Did not honour my prerequisite conditions & appointment & for non emergency issues ,he kept me waiting on a stretcher in the hall for long periods , evaded & or ignored my medical pre schedule list & meds, after taking me finally into his (jgh) procedural room, he engaged & occupied himself with computer new programs for a long period of time,which surely should & could have waited until after my medical internal, of course i was long non eating & other preexisting prestated & prelisted problems including my meds & shakes ,when i questioned how much longer before he takes me ,he stated & questioned if i am really a patient of his? i had seen & spoken with him at least three times & quite recent ,he then proceeded to non medicate me which is standard & created such unbefore ever experience ,that the whole floor heard my severe screaming , i suffered greatly ,before & after, i must state clearly however all other Drs i have ever had were excelle
Total waste of time and energy. Went to talk to him about my celiac disease, chemical sensitivity, concomitant IBS, and malabsorbtion. He was not interested in talking, insisted on colonoscopy. Very long wait for hospital, several months. Once there I wrote clearly "allergic to anaesthetics. Very bad reaction." Colonoscopy very painful. I was awake and asked him to stop; he laughed and kept going. Afterward had reaction to anaesthetic (even though it didn't work). Low oxygen, not breathing. Staff didn't do anything practical like mask, just left oxygen monitor screaming in my ear and yelled at me "Wake up!". Finally got sat up and staff tried to get me out so they could leave. I said I couldn't. Finally someone asked if I was unwell (!!!) I said yes. She said I should have told them. (WTF?) I said "what did you THINK I meant by "bad reaction"??" Weeks later back at doctor. He said diverticulitis, eat more fiber. Out the door in under 5 min. DO NOT SEE THIS GUY.
Staff are the face and representative of the doctor(s), there to provide a service, not a disservice. It's harder to find civility these days so I choose to support it where I find it. Despite the fact that my apt. is 5 minutes walking distance from this clinic and the Jewish General, I chose to go to a private clinic on the West Island to have my colonoscopy because the doctor who performed my previous one at the Jewish General had a clinic there and when I called, the staff were courteous, helpful, kind and very professional and approachable, as is my doctor. Prior comments on this site suggest I'm not the only one who feels this way about the staff member who I went through to get my appt. with Dr. Blum. If I have to go thru an employee and be subjected to inappropriate and unprofessional behavior in order to see my doctor, I will reconsider my options. I cancelled my appt. This clinic needs an attitude adjustment. Therefore I cannot comment on Dr. Blum other than his staff choice.
We managed to secure an appointment with Dr. Blum very quickly (in his private office.) It seems his secretary has her nicer days and her other days, but that's the story with medical secretaries. Dr. Blum is very pleasant, has a nice bedside manner and he put our worries to rest. My husband had his colonoscopy done by Dr. Blum at the JGH several years ago. Again, Dr. Blum was very professional and pleasant throughout. My husband felt well taken care of. Our family continues to be loyal patients of Dr. Blum and would recommend him to others.
Dr. Blum was great when I was in a crisis, but afterwards not so much. At the time I had no knowledge of Crohn's disease and itched to know more about what was happening to me...Dr.Blum was not the answer. His solution was remicade, remicade, remicade, even after 4 years of it never working. I'd ask a question, his classic answer "Don't worry about that now." The only time I ever got any information out of him was when I did intense research on the disease and asked questions using the correct medical terminology. He even claimed that I could not get a colonoscopy done through the hospital and insisted I have it done at his office...at a charge of course. In his younger days I'm sure he was a good doctor, but now it may be time to retire. Luckily, I met a new GI during a trip to the ER, haven't looked back since.
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