Ratings for Dr. Trudy Woudstra
I was looking for a well-rounded knowledgable Doctor and because their is an extreme shortage in Mill Bay, I chose to seek out in Shawnigan Lake. At first, I was thrilled that she was older and thought she would be their for me and my concerns, and what a mistake! I have never been to a doctor who sluffs off your concerns so quickly as it maybe being in your head or this is your makeup. Due to her incompetence, I had a serious life threatening incident, so stay away from her.
Initially I thought Dr. Woudstra was great, she came across as receptive, proactive and straight forward. However, there was a serious oversight made on her part with regard to a medical condition (which proceeded to worsen dramatically). Of course, apologies were made but from that point on she was very rude and very unprofessional, insinuating that there was some "over-dramatization" of the situation going on. Wow! What kind of doctor accuses a patient of play-acting, as though they are a little kid trying to skip out of school?
Absolutely love Dr. Woudstra! Hate having to give her such an awesome rating because then more people are going to want her! So accommodating for making office visits more accessible for working parents. Easy to talk to - LISTENS! - that is so important. Has a great sense of humour - did I mention she LISTENS?!?! We've had her since she started in Shawnigan Lake - and even tho we've moved out of the area - we are keeping her as our gp.
We moved here and I was having many issues that I had ignored for far to long. I contacted the clinic, and found that Dr. Woudstra was taking new patients. During my first appointment, I was advised of the one issue per appointment policy, which made complete sense to me. I said, I have a LIST, she said, perfect, I'll be getting to know you very well over the next couple weeks. I booked appointments for the next 2 weeks, every single day. I've never had to wait for my appointment. She is not the type to push drugs. She has listened to my concerns. I became critically ill, with a lot of surgical complications. How many Dr's do you know that will give you their home # and cell phone # in the event I needed her?. In fact, my aging mother, who's Dr. in Duncan, FLIES thru the door, gives her prescriptions, and sends her on her way, is switching! Trudy is amazing, warm, caring, and knowledgeable. Looking for Dr. who will pump you full of drugs? go to Duncan!
I have found Dr. Woudstra to be very knowledgeable. She is receptive to hearing my thoughts on what I think is wrong with me, but she is also willing to tell I am wrong and why. To some people this may seem abrupt and unreasonable. However, to me, this is why I go to a professional. I have no interested in having my concerns validated. I want her to assess my health and symptoms based on her professional judgement. I have a science background and she is always willing to provide my with technical explanations if I ask. She is great with both my children, who started out feeling very uncomfortable around doctors, but now look forward to seeing Dr. Woudstra. To anyone considering her, I suggest you set aside the criticisms people are levelling and give her a chance. You can always move on if you don't like her and you might just find that she is the best doctor you have ever had (like I did).
dr Trudy is the worst dr i evehad!!! Rude, doesn't care about pation, she will say "it is normal, it's just the way you are..." noe interested in her pacion health at all. In my case when she just started practicing in Shawnigan, i had a chance to have an appointment with her, after she automaticlly become my family doctor -no one ever as her to do it. In few words she is usfull doctor!
I was referred to Trudy by a collegue when I first moved out here to Shawnigan, and at first I found her to be a tad abrupt but I think its just the way she is when she first consults with you ....... I must say, I now think she is really fantastic! very knowledgable and thorough ..... Im so thankful that I was referred!!
I agree that the concept of dealing with one problem per appointment is at best unhelpful. In chronic illness it is usual for a group of symptoms to be inter-related. To be asked to deal with each in a separate appointment is therefore not appropriate let alone dangerous, and for a sick person it can be difficult to attend. As well, Dr. Woudstra has the most annoying habit of spending the alloted 7-8 minutes per visit charting on her computer rather than looking at the patient. Thus, she does not connect well. I, too, miss Dr. Thompson & his ability to see the whole person, in contrast with the more clinical assessment of a single symptom per visit. Despite seeing her for 4 yrs, I do not believe that yet she has an accurate idea of my overall health & life challenges; in contrast, he ascertained this early & thereby gained my confidence. That said, she is knowledgable & very willing to send her patients onto appropriate specialists. Though sometimes too abrupt,I believe she does care.
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