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Absolutely terrible service. Cancelled my first appointment, which was on a Sat, because of a "family emergency." On my first appt with him, there was no staff there, so a bunch of patients sat around wondering what was going on and I finally saw the doctor an hour late. He was no help. Ordered more blood tests that I had just done a week previous for another doctor, but wanted his own (?!). Cancelled my endoscopy and rescheduled, only to call back an hour later and try to change it back to the other time because the emergency case wanted my later date instead (how does that make sense? If it is an emergency, why do they get to pick and choose among many dates spanning weeks?). Then called three days before the appt to cancel again and reschedule for three months away! I told them I wouldn't be seeing this doctor ever again and would get a different referral from my doctor. What an abysmal doctor and office! I am affronted that he ever got paid through health insurance for the paltry 5 minutes he spent with me.
This was the most unpleasant experience I have ever had with a doctor. I waited 1.5 hours in the waiting room discovering that I was booked at the same appointment time as at least one other person. When I finally got to see the doctor I was in his presence for less than 2 minutes. I got the impression he had not even reviewed the colonoscopy results that had been sent to him from my other doctor indicating he wanted to do another one himself. He was completely unprepared for my appointment and took absolutely no time in discussing anything with me. My suggestion if you are referred to Dr. Monkewich, ask for another referral!
My wife had an appointment for 4:15 on Thursday, December 4, 2014. The waiting room was like a sardine can. There was at least 4 people ahead of her appointment time and after waiting 25 minutes, we decided to leave. My experience is that they don't return phonecalls promptly if at all. A call to a cellphone from the office was placed at 8:30 am with no message left. I think there needs to be a huge improvement on handling telephone calls. I chose not to rate this Doctor as we didn't get the chance to see him, before leaving in absolute disgust. I voiced my opinion to the almost full waiting room about scheduling. I wouldn't want to encounter this nightmare appointment ever again.
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Initially I was very pleased with Dr. Monkewich. He took time and effort to actually do a consultation and exam. However, on subsequent visits, he didn't offer me any advice on what to do, when to come back or any other sort of recommendation(other than to avoid coffee)& continue to take the expensive medication for the rest of my life that did not even help in the least.
I was dx with UC proctitis. I was sent to DR. Monkewich because I was planning to have a baby and I needed to know what medication was safe when trying to conceive. When I first called his office, the receptionist told me I would need another colonoscopy, and I advised her I just had one done and she said dr. Monkewich needs to see himself. She said she was going to mail me (she said she couldn't email them because sometimes attachments didn't work) the instructions for prep before my 2nd colonoscopy which were never mailed (I live out of town). Finally I asked her to fax the instructions to my GP office. When I got to Lions Gate for my 2nd colonscopy - dr. Monkewich couldn't understand why I was there. Obviously lack of communication somewhere. he didn't know why I was in for a 2nd colonoscopy when he had already seen the results - yet he still did it anyway. Then he told me to follow up with my GP and that was the last I've heard from him.
Colonoscopy 2014-01-24 - this was my 4th col. and 1st with Dr.Monkevich, previous 3 were done at UBC with Dr.Freeman (outstanding - he retired). I have difficulty "properly" rating Dr.M since i was completely and totally "knocked out" which i have never experienced (and neither did my husband with 2 diff. doctors at diff. clinics) - i have no idea what happened and Dr.M never came to let me know how the test went. I was told by the nurse to go and see my family doctor for the results - she handed me a piece of paper outlining of what i was not allow to do for the next 24 hrs and on it was scribbled "no polyps". (I had none in the past either but the doctor always told me so despite the fact that i was aware of what was happening during the procedure). So - i am not impressed with Dr.M and will insist on a different doctor and clinic next time. (My father died of colon cancer).
No interest in the relationship between diet, exercise, and colitis. I was diagnosed with colitis 3 years before meeting Dr. Monkewich and so I had a clear understanding of my disease and the medicine needed to control flares. He refused to prescribe me what my previous GI (in another city) had prescribed and made me wait 8-10 weeks before performing a colonoscopy and prescribing me the same medicine I requested. No interest in previous GI's diagnosis. I was left dealing with a bad flare (blood, diarrhea, 15+ trips to the bathroom daily). I confronted him and he said, "are you the doctor or am I? would you like to treat yourself?" followed by "you need to understand you have a disease, you should go to a support group." He has the interpersonal skills of a used car salesman: arrogant, condescending, no empathy, zero listening skills. He prides himself on making his patients drink 2 (not 1 like other GI's) jugs of some terrible tasting liquid the night before colonoscopy. Masochist.
Office phone is never answered always have to leave message and sit and wait for a return call. Dr. is very pleasant but is never on time it's usually 1 hr plus after you scheduled appt. before seeing doctor. Told me not to drink coffee and that I was luck to be having colonosocopies on a regular basis.
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