Gynaecology - McMaster 2F Clinic
What to Expect at Your First Visit
Welcome to the Gynaecology Clinic!
I recognize that not everyone is excited to be seeing a gynaecologist (and yet some patients are very excited to be seeing one!). In general, the first visit is the most stressful, as you may not know what to expect. If you are being referred for an urgent problem, you should expect that a gynaecological exam will take place at your consultation. If you are not ready to be examined, please tell us so we can respect your choice.
In most cases, we will only have limited information provided to us by the referring healthcare provider (sometimes as little as one or two words). As such, we will have to review your history at the first visit. If you have seen other clinicians before and have copies of your reports, please bring them to your visit. Often, when being referred for a second or third opinion, it's easier to start from the beginning to look at the problem with a fresh perspective.
I am proud to be an academic clinician - that is, I teach and perform research in addition to my clinical practice. You should expect to see at least one learner (student or resident) along the way. If we don't teach new doctors how to assess and manage your condition, then our waitlists will be even longer than they are now! If it is unacceptable for you to see a learner, you may be better suited to another clinician, and I will be pleased to make another referral.
At McMaster, patients register at the clinic they are attending. Please come a few minutes early for your appointment to the 2F (RED section) reception to check in. Please bring your Health Card to each visit. If you have an ultrasound first, register at Diagnostic Imaging, which is on the second floor beside the YELLOW elevators.