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#16 Swarles Barkley

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Posted 04 March 2009 - 07:24 AM

No one is saying he is a bad doctor, just that he lacks the people skills that some people desire in their doctors.

I personally prefer a doctor who takes the time to sit there and explain things to me in detail, not just give me a book and shove me out the door. I find it hard, as this is what my old doctor did. Unfortuantly he retired and I was passed along to RD. Everyone is different, and wants different things from a doctor. That does mean that one is right or wrong, RD might be the perfect doctor to some people, and not to others. Such is life.

RD is lucky that he is in a niche in Ballarat, being the only IVF clinic in the greater area, thus he has no competition, and he knows it. He can charge what he likes (his prices are a lot dearer than MIVF, which is an hour away) and people can either choose to pay it or go elsewhere. He doesnt have competition, which generally drives prices down, and service up. Really, he has made a sound business choice.

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Posted 04 March 2009 - 03:28 PM

Personally I did better with those doc's as blunt as a butter knife but I am mentally geared to that.

I just thought I should give you girls a heads up that sometimes posting stuff like this puts the forum owners at legal risks - so you might want to check with admin about this sort of stuff as they might prefer you PM each other with comments about the negative sides of an FS or clinic.


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Posted 04 March 2009 - 08:35 PM

QUOTE(Saffy @ Mar 3 2009, 09:13 PM) View Post

Ali... thats a problem "part of the furniture" as your quote says. Sweetie, you have been here too long. Get out into the world and off the computer. Its a good way to become a little less judgemental.


Saffy, sweetie, you clearly haven't been here long enough. There have been many instances of 'new users' posting to promote businesses. Neither Ali nor I live in Victoria so we have absolutely no opinion about Dr Dalton (well I am assuming this is the case with Ali but I could be wrong). Our comments were directed, entirely, at the fact that wo supportive posts for Dr Dalton's business appeared within a few hours of each other in a thread that dates back over 9 months. Of course it could be a huge coincidence but it still seems somewhat farfetched to me.

I am curious as to why you didn't post your supportive comments about Dr Dalton when you first saw this thread.

#19 Swarles Barkley

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Posted 05 March 2009 - 06:50 AM

QUOTE(chinababe @ Mar 4 2009, 04:28 PM) View Post

I just thought I should give you girls a heads up that sometimes posting stuff like this puts the forum owners at legal risks - so you might want to check with admin about this sort of stuff as they might prefer you PM each other with comments about the negative sides of an FS or clinic.


When we sign up, there is a clause that states that the opinions on the site are that of the posters, and have no link to the site owners. Its a fairly standard thing to save the owners bum on forums (fair enough too)
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Posted 02 July 2010 - 01:10 PM

Well for start I had a miscarriage nilly 3 years ago and had heaps of blood test and come up with nothing for 2 and a half years i was ttc and nothing I also had a cyst on my left ovary that everyone said thats ok it will go away its self and it was 1 cm 3 years later it was 4cm round my doctor sent me to Dr Russell Dalton where he was excellent where he told me he was taking the cyst of yes he did tell me to loose some weight and the truth hurts but i didnt turn my nose up in the air and think he was rude he is only trying to help .....i was booked in for surgery in January 2010 this year where i under went a laparoscopy to get my cyst removed if he didn't do my surgery i would never of found out i had endometriosis so iam very happy with him as i would recommend him to everyone i no as i thought he was great he explained every little bit to me and was very very help full ..... Now iam 7 weeks pregnant with out Russell Dalton i would still be trying ...... biggrin.gif

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Posted 10 July 2012 - 04:40 PM

I went to that particular clinic last October after years of telling doctors in Melbourne and overseas that I thought my Endo was back. He did one internal exam and booked me in for a lap. My husband and I applied for IVF but 2 months after the lap I fell pregnant naturally.

I am now 7 months pregnant wih my first and 40 years of age. Yes he can be blunt but I prefer that after having years of gynos dancing around the issue even though I had two previous laparoscopies and my mum and sister have a history of endo.

The other doctor at the IVF clinic is now my obstetrician. I think they are both exceptional and will always feel indebted to them for both our soon to be son. Yes you pay a lot of money but the extra care I receive is invaluable. Yes people overweight can fall pregnant but if you have endo and are not in good shape it would be harder to recover after the lap in order to fall pregnant. I have walked 10 kms a week since way before I fell pregnant. Keeping fit whilst trying to get pregnant is vital. I eat a lot pregnant but have only put on weight in my belly due to walking every week. I suffer from Hashimoto Thyroiditis but have kept up light exercise to combat the symptoms of a thyroid condition. I come from a family where at least half are overweight and a father who died of heart disease and a mother who has heart disease.

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 09:39 AM

Hi ladies!

Sorry to bump up such an old thread I just wanted to share my experience with you all.
I was first diagnosed with sermons cysts when I was 16. My old gyno then incorrectly diagnosed them and said they were gone. A year later I couldn't stand the weekly pain so I went back to her and she admitted it had been there all along and she ted to operate the next day. I went into surgery traumatized I was 19 years old at the time. I ended up running out of theatre and refusing surgery because no one took the time to discuss anything with me. I then decided to go see russel. I understand when you ladies say he was withdrawn but this worked to my advantage as he was so lovely and calm and he really went the extra mile he said surgery needed to happen asap however we will only do it when I'm ready. He made a special exception to put me to sleep in the waiting bay and held my hand the whole time he also gave me extra numbing patches for my hands. He was really a saint.. Without him I wouldn't have een able to go through with surgery. Russell reassured me it is his job to make me feel better to the best of his ability. The extra cost I paid him was for specialized treatment. It's completely up to you and what you're looking for but I live in queensland and still travel back to Russell he's the only doctor I see. Have a wonderful day ladies

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Posted 19 February 2014 - 11:19 PM

First time on i-do for 6 months and this is the first post I see, bizarre! BIVF is the clinic I have used, Russell was both my FS and my Ob's and he was blunt, but fantastic. We had a difficult birth and if was his quick thinking that saved our daughter. Can't ask for more than that really.

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Posted 20 February 2014 - 09:15 AM

This is such a weird thread if you read it from the beginning. ..

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Posted 20 February 2014 - 11:29 PM

QUOTE(Gretch @ Feb 20 2014, 10:15 AM) View Post

This is such a weird thread if you read it from the beginning. ..

It is rather! I miss Ali sad.gif
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Posted 28 July 2014 - 12:13 PM

I just wanted to put another positive comment on here for Russell Dalton.
My GP recommended him so I made the appointment, then googled him. After reading the negative comments on this thread I was really nervous about meeting the man!
I am overweight, not massively but enough that I expected him to tell me I needed to loose weight. After all, being a healthy weight is proven to increase your chances when TTC. He didn't even mention my weight at all.
Yes, I'll admit he could come across as blunt. He doesn't hide the facts. But I want to know the facts, I'm not paying him to tell me fairy tails. I actually found that even when he is telling you things like "we will try this first but you may need IVF", he puts it in context and is positive about the overall outcome.
I came out of the appointment really positive.
Also the nurses there are fantastic, Russell does the diagnostics and works with you to decide on the plan of attack then you see a nurse who goes through the details (When, where & how) with you.


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Posted 27 April 2015 - 04:44 PM

In case anyone comes back to this thread after googling Russell, I should say I've now had him from conception to delivery for two healthy little girls. He has certainly mellowed with age (our first appointment with him was 2010 and we've not long had our second child in 2015), and I think he's become better at reading his patients. I would (and do) recommend him to anyone who asks.
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