I have just joined and this is my first post. I would like some advice regarding my experience with the doctor who I have started seeing.
I am 26 years old and around 7 weeks pregnant (my first one and I'm over the moon!).
Last month when I realised my period was late and i was getting terrible cramping it happened to be on a sunday and my usual doctor wasn't open. So I went to a medical clinic which was open and found out I was pregnant and he got the ball rolling with an initial blood test, then the pregnancy screening blood test. I went back to this doctor yesterday to get my blood screen result (all good) and he printed me off a referral to the antenatal clinic at the local public hospital, gave me a phone number and told me to call asap to make an appointment. During the consult I also asked when I could expect an ultrasound. He told me that he will send me at 12 weeks and I don't need one beforehand. I told him that I was quite nervous/ excited and as I have still been experiencing cramping, it would give me peace of mind to see that all is as it should be. I also didn't know the exact date of my last period. My friends all had a scan prior to 12 weeks and I was expecting one any time soon. But no, he was adamant that I do not need one and to come back when I'm 12 weeks along to get an ultrasound referral from him. So I left a little disappointed, but was excited to ring the antenatal clinic to book in an appointment.
The number he gave me was disconnected. (And had been for 5 years, I later found out).
After I managed to google the correct phone number for the pregnancy care department at the hosptial I was told that my Doctor should have faxed the referral sheets directly to the hospital and I should not have them in my possession. I asked if I could make an appointment anyway and was told that the hospital schedules the appointments for when im 14-16 weeks and then mails the details out to me. She asked who my doctor was and told me the information he had given me was completely wrong and she told me to bring to referral directly to the hospital. Then I had to explain everything again to the girls at the front desk who took the paperwork. One massive drama.
So after that whole experience I feel like he had no idea what he's doing and I don't feel comfortable having him take care of me during the pregnancy.
Will it be too difficult if I start using my regular doctor? (I've heard that he can get a bit funny if people see other doctors) Will it cause too many problems because the previous doctor has all my results thus far and his name is on the referral to the antenatal clinic?
Thanks in advance