Let's face it. It's nearly impossible to find a good doctor in Vancouver. I've had so many bad experiences with doctors that I'm just going to cut my losses and stick with the devil I know. I have had mixed experiences with the doctors at Pacific Medical, some bad, some good. But I think you'll find that anywhere. The reason I stay is the receptionist. She's really pleasant and makes me feel welcome. :)
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Pacific Medical Clinic
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Reviews of Pacific Medical Clinic
Like with all medical clinics doctors and patient experience vary. I was very impressed with Neel Sinha several years ago and still am. It's hard to say a clinic is bad based on one Dr. when the clinic may have many, some better some worse. Dr Elizabeth Crosby seems OK too. The Fraser street clinic has always been good I find the variety good. But I think a per advice to these type of clinics keeping extra ordinary records should be mandatory and photo copies of all referrals scanned as a document not just notes. My experience on Kingsway is OK as well. My suggestion to the disgruntled, find a Pacific Medical Clinic doctor or doctors you like and just see them. I can tell you they are lot better than my last regular GP Doctor Malcolm Rondeau who can be a real nut at times and it easy just to see someone else with out all the hassle of changing a regular GP. Rondeau like calling a person playing the victim when they where just hit in a hit and run and the car was damage in a minor way, who needs that when ICBC want to be pricks anyhow I don't need another one to bring me down even further.
I've seen Dr. Van Wyke for a few times, mostly for a physical exam and follow up appointments. She is friendly, professional and caring. Unlike other doctors who always rush through appointments, she took time in checking out my medical history, answered my questions and offered referrals. I'm glad to have her as my family doctor and am very satisfied with her.
I've had trouble finding a great Dr, and for years have been seeing someone who made it obvious she didn't care about her patients, plus she was so overbooked, that the usual wait was at least an hour!
Therefore, it's been wonderful finding Dr. Karen Van Wyk. She is so obviously caring about her patients, knowledgable and there is hardly any wait there. It's a 100% improvement compared to my last Dr. You'll love this Dr!
I have seen Dr Karen Van Wyk many times and find her to be very knowledgable and caring. I read her other review and I have to say that I have the opposite opinion of her, and felt I had to say so! She spent over half an hour with me when I was upset and has helped me with my anxiety considerably. Maybe she was having a bad day or maybe there's just no pleasing some people. I am very happy to be taken on by Dr Van Wyk, I have nothing but good things to say about her care!!!
i came to this clinic to get a new GP and saw Dr. Karen Van wyk who obviously knows nothing about mental illness and also pre-judged me based on my past. I needed a prescription renewal which was about the only thing that went as planned and a new PRN that would be covered by medicare and be effective. No, i was not chasing a high as im sure she assumed based on her strange and unreasonable prescribing. if i wanted to get high, i would go downtown, not to a doctor. I take pride in my recovery and have no desire to get loaded! Anyways, she prescribed me alprazalam, which is effective, but only 1 tab once/month and i have a severe anxiety disorder! the psych nurse where i live even said BID PRN would have not been unreasonable to ask for but of course she said no. Fine. So she has now given 0.25 once/day clonazepam PRN for anxiety and I already take clonazepam 1mg twice daily so 0.25 isnt effective. she also only allows 1 tab gravol/ day 10 times/month and i suffer from chronic nausea. She knows nothing about me, the severity of my syptoms, my anxiety, what works, what doesnt, and shes judgemental. I will not be seeing her again. My mom is outraged. the psych nurse thinks her prescribing is ridiculous. As do I. Id love her to experience my shoes, anxiety and otherwise for a week. That would snap some sense into her.
have a great day. I see my new doctor on march 19th and hopefully my psychiatrist next week. crossing my fingers. shed fix all this.
I went to this clinic with a horrible cough, fatigue, aches and pains, a fever and headache. The doctor asked me to cough, and immediately said I had bronchitis. She prescribed antibiotics. When I went to go pick them up, the pharmacist seemed surprised that I was receiving these antibiotics, as they were EXTREMELY strong. He mentioned I must have a severe lung infection. I smiled and nodded and went home. I began taking the antibiotics and immediately developed intense nausea and horrific diarrhea, making it impossible to eat, and making me sicker than I've ever been in my life. Three days later, my boyfriend had to carry me to another clinic because I was so weak I couldn't stand up on my own, let alone walk. The doctor at this other clinic was horrified that the doctor at Pacific Medical Clinic had given me these antibiotics and immediately put me on amoxicillin. It was another three days before I could eat again, but once I was able, I got better quickly. I was off work for two weeks in total, and would not have been off nearly that long if I had just gotten the right antibiotics in the first place. I will never, ever return to this clinic. It made me the sickest I have ever been in my life.