Outpatient surgery with convalescence at home or a nearby motel has been an established mode of medical practice for many excellent hospitals and surgery centers.
Some patients need followup for a few days. When it comes to visiting patients at non-specified hotels/motels, sorry I do not do this. The 2 hotels we do recommend are the Baltic (advanced tourist class) with abundance of white linens, an appetizing breakfast spread and coffee in the reception area, and an amiable hostess Christina. Or Daddy O’s (more posh) with assistant manager Courtney and her lovely staff.
These are not the best of times, you know that. I will not walk with a doctors bag in a dimly lit corridor, in a strange budget hotel/motel to see one lonesome patient who wishes to save $25 a day on a room. If you look like a woman, in the eyes of Florida medical ethics, you are a woman, and the availability of another woman in the room if need be is a standard of care.
Christina has been looking after our patients for 4 or more years, and does many things no hotel front desk person will ever do. For example: go to the CVS Pharmacy and pick up a prescription (they won’t deliver), make breakfast, fuss over you a little bit, provide some cheerful company during the day, etc. Call me if there is concern.
Other doctors may work differently, but that’s how we do it.
Harold M. Reed, M.D.