Spouse in Exam Room

Posted by big_L @bigl, May 27, 2013

I’m set up with my first appt at Mayo in a few weeks due to my aortic stenosis and likely future surgery. We found this statement in the Mayo Patient Guide “Friends and relatives are welcome at Mayo Clinic. They may be asked to stay in the waiting area unless special reasons require them to be present”. (see p. 39 here http://www.mayoclinic.org/mcitems/mc1000-mc1099/mc1075.pdf).

Surely my wife would be allowed to come back to the exam room with me? This is a big deal for us. Can anyone comment?

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I would recommend that you call ahead of time and ask! Even the appointment desk should be able to direct you to get an answer: http://www.mayoclinic.org/patientinfo/appointments.html

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I never had a problem bringing anyone back in room with me. I have been a Mayo patient since 1996.

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in most cases for tests my relative remained in the waiting room. But for doc consultations they were welcome and expected

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Agreed. I haven’t heard of that being a problem. Occasionally a family member might be asked to step out, but mostly it’s based on the patient’s wishes.

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My daughter came with me on the doctor consults but staying in the waiting room for blood draw and CT scan. No problems with doctors or staff.

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I’ve never not been allowed to be in the exam room with my wife who is the patient. Further, we record all the appointments on our phone so we don’t miss anything.

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