Ratings for Dr. George Southey
My favourite Southey response was “google it” when I asked him how to manage my blood pressure better. As I told him stress, no sleep and caffeine are staples and I thought it was a contributor. He disagreed and said salt was the cause. Even though I do not even own a salt shaker or eat processed foods. Also when I asked about my nagging motorcycle injury to my wrist he referred to it as “rust” even 2 years later although I was in my 20s. My latest (and now final) experience was trying to get a prescription (that I take daily and need to otherwise side effects are numerous) I submitted a request to his office only to hear silence. So I called. He was on vacation for 2 weeks. So I called the fill in doctor. I had a week of prescription left. The fill in doctor would not fill it and the receptionist told me it was my fault not to plan ahead around his vacations. Wonderful wonderful. The only accurate advice I received from his office was to “stop going to the walk in” as it cost him money. Even though the walk in was my only source for sound medical advice.
Very disappointing. Primarily the issue is his nterpersonal manner. His aloofness, arrogance and transparent disdain in his dealings with patients and their families is contrary to good care. His level of expertise aside, it is likely that patients will too frequently leave his office feeling worse despite having been given the right diagnosis. He seems unaware of the negative effect that his manner can have on vulnerable patients and families. More ominous is the possibility that he is aware and simply doesnt care.
I have been a patient of Dr. Southey for many years. He is very no nonsense and direct with advising you on your medical problem. Some patients may not like this, as they perceive their issue as requiring more medication or intervention than is medically necessary. Or they just want someone to coddle them. Whenever I have a medical problem, Dr. Southey always explains the options and makes a recommendation. I have not always liked what I hear, but it has turned out each time that he was right! Being a former health professional myself, I know he is always up to date on the latest medical knowledge. This is very important to me.
Dr. Southey provided no helpful information or referals when I discussed my painful sprained ankle with him. After poking my ankle three times he told me my ankle was fine, and there was nothing wrong with it. If I felt uncomfortable I could wear a brace but it wasn't necessary. After 2 months of continued pain I was told by another Dr. to get ultrasounds and xrays done - it was then I found out I had a torn tendon and required physio therapy and a brace. If that's not considered negligence and a complete dismissal of my concerns I don't know what is. I will never see this Dr. again and warn others to stay away if you don't to prolong your pain and suffering.
Dr Southey was my doctor for 27 years, I have recently moved out of province and I have never missed him or his colleagues more. Dr Southey is not rude, he has a good sense of humour or calls it like it is. His bedside manner especially compared to what I have experienced thus far with my new Calgary doctor is amazing. I miss him and this whole clinic. He remembers many details and always provides good care and followup.
This doctor does NOT record information in the file correctly, does not follow up with specialist requests for further tests and bloodwork. 20 years after getting my file I see there were MANY mistakes by him, and a misdiagnosis made. Medical negligence. Disgusting. AWFUL doctor.
He is my mothers physician and this is my 3rd run in with him regarding my mothers care. the first being when she broke her shoulder and I took her to the emergency dept. of the Oakville hospital where she saw the ER doctor who instructed her to follow up with her doctor the next day. We did and was told by Dr Southey that we either see the doctor who looked after her in the hospital or him but not both. I failed to mention that when I called his office for an appointment a recording came on instructing me that if I go into labour go directly to the maternity ward. No answering service and no doctor on call. So I took her to emergency as anyone with common sense would have done. The 2nd time was regarding her knees where again nothing was done. The last time was Thursday Sept. 22/16. My mother thought that she was having a bowel movement but instead she gushed out blood. I was not aware of this until the follow morning at which time I told my mother that I would make an appointment with her doctor. We saw him on the Thursday 2 days after the incident. He did the usual palpitation of the abdomen and a rectal exam. There was abdominal pain as well as dried blood on the rectal exam. He refused testing on the grounds of her age 94.5 years young and that any investigation into the matter would no doubt lead to surgery. He also said that he wasn't willing to do anything at this time because he wanted her condition to get worse. Where is the logic to this thinking. He suffers from a GOD complex. I did not leave his office until some tests were ordered. Up to this time, 11 days since the problem and during the course of the problem she has had a total of 5 bowel movements. After the rectal exam he told me that there is problem, but why not order tests. I have come to the conclusion that because of her age and the only health issue she has is high blood pressure she is not a money maker for him. She sees him only for a recheck of her blood pressure 2 times a year. Considering his approach to seniors and the way he treated my mothers medical issue, I could not and will not in good conscience recommend him as a doctor. I feel he lacks insight and the knowledge of how to treat our elderly.
I saw Dr. Southey as my MD was on holidays. I needed a script for anti-inflammation meds. He was rude as he told me to do 10 1/2 hours a day instead and said he could not help me. I would never recommend a doctor will this kind of sarcastic attitude. I left disgusted by his cruelty.
Dr Southey has been my family doctor for over 20 years. He is thorough, ensures that care is complete and planned out. He gives good advice. I think he has improved over the past 10 years, in that he pays more attention to my concerns and ideas, but not more than they are worth.
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