Ratings for Dr. Cathy Risdon
Granted it's been a while since we were patients on Dr. Risdon's team at the McMaster Family Medical Practise in Hamilton, our experience with her in particular motivated my persistant search for a permanent Doctor elsewhere. On three seperate occasions she didn't make referrals to specialists for my husband, which on all occasions created chaos at the McMaster Clinic and for the Physicians we were told referrals would be sent to. It was incredibly upsetting learning on two of those occasions, she hadn't even included notation of making a referral in his patient file. The medical students were great to deal with but sadly none of them were staying in the area after graduation. The thought of more mightmare experiences for my family, which includes two kids, had me literally begging Family Doctor's take accept us. I realize Doctor's aren't perfect, and breakdowns in communication happen, but in retrospect our experience with Dr. Risdon was more about neglect than poor communication and record keeping. I'd leave other people to form their own opinion based on their individual experience, but I myself would never recommend her.
Explaining the problems we had with this Doctor would require much, much more than the maximum allowable characters on this rating site - aloof attitude when then boarded on condescending when we called her to task on failing to follow through on arranging referrals (which on two separate occasions she flat out lied and said she hevlnever told us she'd escalate the matter to a specialist). Exhausted by her constant excuses and run-around we eventually got the help we needed AND deserved after an emergency hospital admission. Absolute worst Doctor ever.
I had risdon for ten years and I was hoping for so much from her because of all her credentials, when I had her she was the 1 st endowed chair of go at Mac and during our relationship she went to Cambridge/Oxford for PhD/Ba, there's an old saying, the smarter you get, you go in reverse, and, get stupid, instead. She wasonly into herself, my health got worse with her than better. I went in one night for med prob and she ignored that and only spoke of her trip to Brazil that was the last time I saw her I got up told her that our relationship was over and all the thorough it my Ohio moment was very poorly spent. After that I wrote an eight page letter of complaint to her and a copytoo her superior. At the of the letter my closure was if legal aid picked up mal practice suites I take you even knowing I wouldn't win I could at least humanilnate you like you to me I could go on on here's a little secret she was the very gay to graduate out of the the old boys English ruled Mac jbb
Dr. Risdon is one of my two favourite professional women in the world. She does not suffer fools gladly and for a patient who tends to be a hypochondriac and researches things prior to my appointment, Dr. Risdon knows how to take me with a grain of salt and then get to the bottom of what is going on. I have lived all over the world and one large reason I have returned to Hamilton is because I believe I have the best primary care physician on the planet. (For me) I understand how she may not be perfect for others, but she is the consummate family physician; knowledgeable about various areas of medicine, open to other complementary and alternative therapies, ready to refer you if your issue goes beyond her area of specialization. Any comments about her bedside manner on here simply stump me. She is not a gushy person, but she is most certainly empathetic and tuned in. I feel extremely lucky to be a patient with her team.
I have had other doctors in my life and Cathy is the most personable, very helpful in many areas of my health care. She has the best bed side manner and is very interested in you as a patient. One of the best physicians - highly recommend her!!!!
You can't transfer to another team once your on "Team Risdon" so new patients beware. Two different times she said she was going to order tests and I waited and didn't hear anything and ended up having to go back and start all over again with one of the medical students, explaining my symptoms and then they booked the tests and referrals Dr. Risdon DIDN'T, and then wait for THOSE appointments. The students AND receptionist checked and there was NO RECORD of Dr. Risdon booking any tests or referrals on the computer sytem. When I saw her she just sat there staring (deer in headlights) then rushed me out with a huge smile on her face saying she needed time alone in her office to book my tests and make calls for the referrals. I guess something else came up. You can avoid Dr. Risdon if you book your appointment with one of the medical students on her team or book an evening or weekend appointment with a different senior Doctor.
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