Ratings for Dr. Gwyllyn Goddard
Gwyllyn Goddard is a great doctor and an even better person. I was his patient for several years. He was always helpful, professional and provided exceptional medical care for me. I am most grateful for his heart. My wife was diagnosed with a serious illness several years ago. Dr. Goddard went above and beyond to support us. I have since moved to Vancouver. I knew Dr. Goddard as someone who gave back to the community and supported good causes, especially for the less fortunate. Being a GP (General Practitioner) is challenging. I can only imagine how stressful the work is. GP's work on a schedule that can't always be on time. Sometimes, the patient before goes longer than expected. Meanwhile, they often have to deal with multiple issues at the same time. I understood the challenges Dr. Goddard faced. He did a great job, under the circumstances. Thank you Dr. Goddard for your service! I wish you all the best in the future.
My experiences with Dr. Goddard were very unsatisfactory. I was misdiagnosed. All he seems to be able to do is prescribe and refer. I chose him from the BC College of Physicians and Surgeons listing because he was a recent graduate whom I thought would be abreast of recent developments in medicine. What a disappointment. Always late and unprofessional. Money seemed to be the most important reason for his having gone into medicine. The only praise I have for him is that he had the good sense to hire Lucy. She was delightful and good at her job.
I gave the staff a great rating because it is at my regular doctors office. This doctor was filling in for my doctor and I have seen him twice now. The first time, he diagnosed just based on what I said (hernia he never felt or anything) I don't feel like he listens. The first time, he came in chewing gum like a cow which in my opinion is unprofessional. I am not going back until my doctor is back.
Was 40 minutes late. Told us he had a degree in immunology and then went on an anti-vaccine rant. I cant believe a medical doctor would be so unprofessional and uninformed. Needs to stop spreading incorrect propaganda.
He is a replacement for my doctor while she is away. It was so bad I asked the nurse if he was a real doctor. He reminds me of a frat boy. Yesterday I went to see my surgeon in Surrey and she had some concerns so she phoned my doctor's office and talked to Dr Goddard. She had told me what her concerns were and that I was to see the doctor in the next day or so. I stopped at the office to make an appointment and was told he could see me then. I was still shook up by some of what I had learnt at the surgeons and was not thinking straight. He asked me if I was feeling better and I said yes, I was better than I was a week ago. He said recovering and typed on the computer. I then asked him about my heart and the medication that my surgeon was considering putting me back on. He took my pulse and said your heart is fine - no need for medication. Scary!! I was there because I had a lung removed in January and was recovering from pneumonia. I also have a hole in my heart and my heart beat races quite often. That is why the surgeon wanted me followed closely. He never listened to my chest or took my blood pressure. I have to see him next week - an appointment I set up as he never told me to come back. I am prepared this time - I have a list of concerns that my surgeon wanted looked into and I have someone coming with me for support. One last thing - I had seen him previously - texting on his cell while listening to me? He also does not close the examing room door while discussing your case. VERY UNPROFFESSIONAL!
I was saddened to hear that Dr. Goddard has had to take his own medical leave. For those that can't fathom that, I would suggest you accept it rather than 'calling him down'. GP work is a very stressful environment and I would rather see him take the time to get better rather than completely implode. I agree there is a shortage of GP's in the area (area = BC!) and of course that is why is patient load is so high. I was fortunate enough to find another GP to take me on, but when Dr. Goddard returns to practicing medicine I will want to get back onto his list. To say he is not loyal and only about the money is unfair and incorrect, and no doubt an incredibly difficult decision to step back and get healthy.
Dr. Goddard is compassionate and knowledgeable however has poor "bedside manner". I always felt rushed and frightened to bring up more than one issue, regardless how small. He was frequently late, even for a first am appointment but has been improving. Does little in the way of a physical exam, I like him as a person, but have found another doctor now that I have a chronic illness and don't want to feel rushed.
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