I’m pissed off. I think I have a reason to be too. You would think if a psychiatrist dropped you as a patient, you’d at least be notified and told your appointment has been cancelled. But no.
I had suspected this was the case when my GP told me Dr T had suggested I’d do better at A St Clinic instead of seeing just one private psychiatrist. Also, when I asked, the hospital psychologist told me he got the impression Dr T wouldn’t be seeing me any more. But still, no one had told me outright.
I had previously had an appointment scheduled with Dr T for this Friday. Nobody had told me it was cancelled. Not my GP, not Dr T’s secretary… And so I called up today intending to cancel for the last time. I asked the secretary whether I was meant to have an appointment for this Friday. She took a moment to check the appointment book. “No, you don’t,” she informed me. “Okay then, thanks,” I replied, and quickly hung up. That’s humiliating. I’m embarrassed I called up only to find out I’ve been unceremoniously dropped. Then again, it’s lucky I did call. Turning up would’ve multiplied the humiliation factor by 1000. I should’ve just not turned up without calling. Surely they can’t charge a cancellation fee when you’re not even a patient any more? Actually what I should’ve done is followed my instinct the first time I met her and looked for a different psychiatrist then and there.