If it were me and I didn't want my child hearing what was going to be said in my appointment I would speak to reception and ask if they could keep an eye on him. I wouldn't leave him in the waiting room to run riot.
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10-08-2015 18:40 #21
10-08-2015 18:43 #22
To answer the OP it's fine at our dr's to leave kids while parents go in. They have an awesome play area and colouring sheets. But the understanding is people are waiting there because they are usually sick and don't want to deal with other people's kids so they are taken in their parents if they are loud or disruptive.
10-08-2015 19:36 #23
Just an update, I didn't realize but there was an adult man with the mum, I'm assuming he was her partner. They walked out of the consultation room together. However from reading these responses I'm trying to be more open minded and think maybe he has a mental disability and needed the woman's help or maybe didn't speak English so needed her to translate.
10-08-2015 20:00 #24
I personally wouldn't leave a child unattended especially if she wasn't able to just sit quietly. From somebody who works in a similar environment it drives me mad when children are running riot in a waiting room as it is disruptive to the staff and can also be dangerous. If the child injures themselves on a display case for example who would end up being responsible? The surgery of course.
10-08-2015 20:08 #25
We started leaving our 6yo and 3yo in the waiting room last year (when they were 5 and 2.) They sat in the play area quietly and we just left our door slightly ajar. We took our baby in. DH had badly injured his back and was facing pretty serious surgery and we needed to discuss this with our gp. I can't actually remember ever having to go out there, they were really well behaved. We had so many appointments it wasn't funny. Hadn't really thought too much about it until now but gosh they were good kids. Looking back I'm so grateful they behaved, at the time it was just a blur.
I would definitely expect a 7yo to behave in that environment, but who knows what's going on and why they were acting that way
10-08-2015 20:57 #26
I work in a medical practice and due to our specialty appts are usually 30mins or more. We often encourage children to wait outside in the waiting room if they are comfortable to do that. This means the dr can consult and the patient can listen without distraction. We put the TV on abc4kids and provide toys and colouring, and leave the consult room door ajar. If there's a nurse not busy they'll go chat to the kids. Its a win win really, makes the whole process a lot smoother. Most kids are beautifully behaved and we are quite proactive in encouraging good behaviour by providing an appropriate environment.
10-08-2015 21:06 #27
I couldn't leave my child, she's not a sit quietly sort of girl...
10-08-2015 22:36 #28
I once left my 7 year old niece in the waiting room of my ob but it was a quiet office at the end of a corridor, not thoroughfare at all and I asked the receptionist to be aware that she was there. The ob had to do a tv ultrasound and there was no curtain to hide behind. I was worried about her the whole time I was in there.
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