Dr. Elaine Atkinson


St. Catharines, Ontario Map External Link
Specialty:Family / G.P.
Hospital: Niagara Health System - St. Catharines General
Med. School:University of Ottawa
Grad. Year: 1991

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Online Appt. Scheduling: N
Accepting New Patients:Unknown

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Rating: 4.4 out of 5 (5 is best), based on 33 reviews. Dr. Elaine Atkinson has a good overall rating on RateMDs.com. smile

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Family / G.P.-related: general practice, general care, family medicine, family practice, primary care
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Date Staff Punctual Helpful Knowledge Review Comments
RID: 2706015
03/06/14 4 3 5 5 My doctor for almost 20 years. Dr Atkinson has always been very personable, and helpful. She spends a lot of time with me dealing with anything I ask her, etc. She did change her place of practice twice during the time I have been with her, and in 2012 she was not available for much of the year, which later, I learned, was due to her serious illness, which she had to take off time to recover. She is a very busy doctor, and as with all doctors, one must be sure to talk to her about anything that you might need because otherwise they might get missed. Simply a matter of time. Yes sometimes you have to wait, but that seems to be the case with most doctors. June 3, 2014 Message on her office telephone indicates she is on disability and at this moment future plans are unknown. Advises to have your pharmacist fax prescriptions which will be dealt with, as well as tests you have had will be dealt with. Hope that you are okay, Elaine. 
Insurance: OHIP
31/07/13 SYSTEM: 1 positive duplicate or disallowed ratings automatically removed 
RID: 2557406
12/02/13 4 1 1 1 let me get this straight.2 days b4 appt. we get call from staff saying find a new dr. we havent heard from her in a month. we find a new dr. guess what? within a few months she's up and running somewhere else.I have NEVER been so disappointed in a physician in my life. luckily, we have found a wonderful and extremely competent new physician.  See Responses
RID: 2440383
06/10/12 3 3 5 5 Dr.Atkinson has been absolutely fantastic, I couldnt ask for a better GP. Only issue is she's dropped off the face of the planet at the moment and I dont know if I need to be looking for another doc or not. Does anyone know if this is permanent? I cant get any information from anyone.  See Responses
18/04/11 SYSTEM: 2 positive duplicate or disallowed ratings automatically removed 
RID: 1350346
30/01/11 4 3 5 5 Absolutely love Dr. Atkinson!!! Myself and my children see her and have always felt like we were getting the best advice/treatment available!! Very personable and easy to talk to!!  Respond
RID: 1278800
25/10/10 1 1 1 3 I found this doctor's new staff to be very pushy in that they don't listen to why you want to see the doctor, they try to tell you what you need done which is none of their business. The wait in this office is anywhere from 2 to 3 hours. As above the staff is unhelpful and the Doctor seems to listen to the staff, not the patient so therefore I find her unhelpful as well. The doctor is knowledgeable if you can get past the staff and get in to see her.  Respond
RID: 1096044
02/02/10 5 5 5 5 Very grateful she was available for me and my girls. I think not only is she professional, kind, understanding and knowledgable, she is funny and makes me feel comfortable with her as a doctor and friend if I need one.  Respond
RID: 1074935
11/01/10 2 2 2 2 Just wondering if it is her staff and herself on here making these ratings....I will not put the reasons I believe she is a poor physician on here as I heard she bullies you if you don't rate her well...I am hoping to find a new doctor this week.  Respond
RID: 1073953
10/01/10 5 3 5 5 Dr. Atkinson is the best doctor I have ever had. She is kind, friendly and funny while also being very informative and helpful with any questions or concerns I may have.  Respond
RID: 1072830
08/01/10 3 1 4 4 Ive been a patient for 15-16yrs. she is always behind and long wait periods but knows her stuff.  Respond
RID: 1064965
28/12/09 2 2 2 3 Recently my godmother finally left her practice after repeated years of not being listened to, to put it politely. She would come in and the doctor would always say it was 'all in her head'. Well, after things deteriorated even more healthwise, my godmother finally sought the help of another doctor, and the change in her health has been almost unbelievable. I agree with a previous statement, that the dr. has lost the 'love' of medicine. It seems like its more of a chore for her now, rather than a profession, and she's just going through the motions. Staff not great either.  Respond
RID: 998793
29/09/09 1 2 3 4 Dr.Atkinson has been my doctor for over 18 years now and has always been wonderful.... until recently. She seems to be losing her spark for medicine. My biggest problem with her, is her staff. Worst front office staff I have ever encountered, very rude and condecsending. Especially Nurse Marilyn, she seems to have a real attitude problem, makes it seem like a huge chore if you ask her a question or need help from her. Another problem with Dr.Atkinson is the wait times, I have sat in the waiting room for 2 hours recently waiting for my appointment, I finally got in after 2.5 hours. Honestly, Dr.Atkinson needs to find new staff before all her patients leave her.  Respond
RID: 983061
09/09/09 4 1 5 5 The only complaint I have is that fact that Dr. Atkinson is never, never on time. I dread having to make an appointment because I know that I will be there for at least 2 hours.  Respond
03/07/09 SYSTEM: 2 positive duplicate or disallowed ratings automatically removed 
RID: 863392
16/04/09 5 2 5 5 Has been my family doctor for several years. Very nice. But usually long wait in office for your appointment.  Respond
RID: 849936
01/04/09 5 3 5 5 I have been a patient of Dr Atkinson for about 12 years. She is very understanding, caring, and down to earth. She makes me feel welcome and comfortable to confront her with varies medical issues. She always has a good sense of humor and makes me laugh!! I highly recommend her as a Physician!!  Respond
RID: 781636
04/02/09 3 3 5 5 Dr. Atkinson is the best Dr. we could hope for. My son and I have been patients of her's for many years. She is so kind, and helped us though many tough times. She is a wonderful doctor and friend.  Respond
RID: 775776
28/01/09 5 5 5 5 Most amazing doctor I have ever met. She has been outstanding and considerate no matter how big or small the problem. She has taken care of my son and I with such warm and care that you always leave the office feeling better.  Respond
RID: 761414
11/01/09 3 2 5 5 This doctor is wonderful, she has, literally, saved my life.  Respond
RID: 693046
29/09/08 5 5 5 5 I absolutely love Dr. Atkinson!! She is very helpful and goes above and beyond. She listens and never makes me feel rushed, especially when I got pregnant and had a million questions! I wish she still delivered babies. I feel so lucky to have such a fabulous doctor!  Respond
RID: 639703
16/07/08 5 4 5 5 Dr.Atkinson is always pleasant and welcoming. She listens to your concerns and addresses them. I find her very thorough and think I am very fortunate to have such a good doctor!!  Respond
RID: 635065
09/07/08 1 4 5 5 Dr. Atkinson is great, she is very pleasant and spends as much time as needed. It's the front desk staff that is terrible. They are rude on the phone; that is if you have time to wait for the 10 minutes or so they have you on hold. They are not willing to help with any scheduling conflicts you have. And her nurse seems to be on some sort of power trip. But I guess you have to put up with some B/S for a good MD  Respond
RID: 586142
09/05/08 1 2 1 1 Dr. Atkinson is a pathetic doctor. If you have a serious chronic illness she does not care and belittles you in front of her staff. Having gone to numerous docs in the US and paid out of pocket to see them she refused to acknowledge my illness even existed nor look at the data. Great doc for basic illnesses, terrible if you have something unusual. Would never see her again.  Respond
RID: 370748
20/07/07 5 4 5 5 Dr Atkinson is always interested in you when you are in her office. She listens and asks questions and then takes the time to fully explain treatments for your problem.  Respond
RID: 294117
23/04/07 5 2 4 Very punctual, but sometimes makes me feel rushed and that she doesn'tt have time to listen. After reading the other comments on this page, I'm wondering if she just doesn't like me because I don`t find her very friendly or "warm". My sister is a patient as well and feels the same way. Dr. Atkinson is very smart however, and I feel lucky to even have a doctor! I just wish she was warmer and friendlier.  Respond
RID: 276214
12/04/07 4 5 5 She is an awesome physician. She has been our doctor now for just over 10 years. Always, there as not only a doctor but a friend as well. She always does the best of her ability, and if it is beyond her knowledge she will refer you to a specialist to get to the bottom of any issues. She is the best doctor around, wish she had more availabilty and all my friends and family are envious, they wish they could be her patients as well.  Respond
RID: 271515
10/04/07 5 5 5 very friendly, very good listener know who to refer to you when needed  Respond
RID: 266721
08/04/07 4 5 5 Elaine is a very qualified and smart Doctor. I do think she has memory issues sometimes, but so to I, therefore we are equal.I trust her with my life and so do my girls!  Respond
RID: 242634
29/03/07 5 5 5 Elaine is the best!! Very personable and kind. Does not have the Dr. God complex. She will to send you to a specialist if she has any concerns. I can't say enough good thinks about her or the staff.  Respond
RID: 239550
28/03/07 2 5 5 Dr. Atkinson is a God-send. She treats you like family. Takes time to listen and offer multiple avenues of treatment!! It's worth the wait in the waiting room.  Respond
RID: 217863
20/03/07 5 5 5 Dr.Atkinson is the greatest doctor I have ever dealt with. I honestly can't say enough good things about her. My wife and 2 children also see her. Very personable, never comes across as over educated or condescending. Every time we leave her office we make some sort of comment about how great of a family physician she is.  Respond
RID: 199377
14/03/07 4 5 5 Dr. Atkinson is an excellent doctor. She is a very personable, compassionate person, who takes the time to discuss different options to sitations and concerns. She is also very educated on an array of issues, which is very helpful to patients.  Respond
RID: 187110
12/03/07 5 5 5 Dr. Atkinson always has time to address any of my concerns and explain anything I don't understand. She has excellent bedside manner and really cares for patients.  Respond
RID: 178114
08/03/07 5 5 5 Elderly mother is a patient. Dr. is extremely patient and helpful. Shows real concern for patient and family. Would highly recommend.  Respond
RID: 155154
23/02/07 5 5 5 Always has time to discuss any health problems, and how it interacts with family.  Respond
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