Important: This post is written with no intention to damage/tarnish the reputation of the said paediatricians. The remarks are solely based on my observation and preference, and may differ from yours.
What do you look for when selecting a paediatrician for your little one? Over the past few months, Ewan has seen so a number of paediatricians – enough for me to compare and decide on a regular healthcare provider for him. Whether it’s for his monthly vaccinations or to seek treatment for his flu and cough or skin condition, here’s my take on the paediatricians we’ve come across so far.
As we value a paediatrician who charges reasonably, doesn’t always have a long queue and most importantly, takes the time to answer our concerns and questions, we have decided to settle down with Dr Kwan Poh Who as Ewan’s paediatrician. A very experienced doctor, he talks to parents as if we are his friends. You won’t be able to miss his stethoscope lined up with little koala toys. Besides, considering Ewan’s fascination and attentiveness for Dr Kwan during the visits, I guess he prefers this doctor as well. For emergency and convenience’s sake, our 2nd preference is Dr Cheng Seong Wai.
Pstss…Good to Know!
#1 You can SMS Dr Foo’s nurses for appointment. How cool is that?
#2 Dr Cheng has a very fierce nurse who prefers to address his patients by their registration numbers, like in jail! Don’t knock on the door earlier than the opening hours because chances are, you’ll get scolded for it 🙂
#3 The average time each little patient spends inside Dr Kwan’s room is around 10 minutes.
Tips When Visiting Your Paediatrician:
~ To minimize waiting hours, go first thing in the morning before the clinic opens and 45 minutes before it closes. Yes, it’s rather unfair to the doctor and nurses there but I really dislike waiting for hours, especially with such an active, can’t-sit-still and I-never-sleep-outside baby.
~ The next time you go into a doctor’s room, look around for his academic certificates to gauge his age and experience.