A West Virginia woman has shared the shocking moment she realized she was all alone in an empty doctor’s office after the entire staff left for the day and forgot to wait for her in an exam room.
Sarah Elizabeth was waiting for her endocrinologist in Huntington last week and was warned that the doctor would be late – and she would have to wait a while.
Sarah, once the patient patient, was escorted into an exam room and waited more than two hours without a beep before going outside to see what was going on.
It was then that she discovered that the entire office had become empty and that the doctor, nurses and other staff went home at night and left her there alone.
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Sarah Elizabeth waited for her endocrinologist in Huntington last week and was warned that the doctor would be late – and she would have to wait a while
Sarah, once the patient patient, was escorted to an exam room and waited over two hours without a beep before going outside to see what was going on
Sarah shared a video of the bizarre moment on TikTok, where it has 5.9 million views.
“Had a doctor’s appointment today,” she began.
“My appointment was at 3:00 and I was in a room by 3:15,” she continued. “The office closes at 5 o’clock.
‘I was still in my room at half past five. And still haven’t seen my doctor,” she continued.
In the video, she films herself walking down empty hallways and looking into rooms without a soul in sight.
“Apparently they don’t check rooms before they decide to go home. Looking for a guard, I guess,” she concluded.
In a follow-up video, Sarah explained why she didn’t start looking for someone sooner when the hormone specialist took so long to check her out.
She found that the whole office was empty, with the doctor, nurses and other staff going home at night and leaving her there alone
Until five o’clock she still heard nurses in the hallway, so she assumed everything was still late and waited
“It wasn’t uncommon for me to wait a while to see her,” she said.
“These agreements are really hard to get. She’s scheduling two to three months and if you miss your appointment it will be another two to three months before you can see her again, so I wasn’t about to go away and not see her,” she continued.
“When I was brought back I was told, ‘She’s a little behind, it could be 30 minutes before she can get in here.’ Okay, fine, no problem.’
She passed the time on the phone with her sister-in-law.
“So I waited about an hour, nothing. Waited another hour and by then it was five o’clock and I noticed they closed at five.’
However, she still heard nurses in the hallway, so she assumed everything was still late and waited.
“I think she was way behind, but there are still people out there,” she thought to herself.
She said her doctor ‘was fine, she apologized, and she came back and made my appointment’
But at 5:30 it became ‘very quiet’ – and then she became ‘suspicious’ and ‘started walking around and trying to find someone’.
“There was no one in the ward at all,” she said. “This building is owned by the hospital across the street and Marshall University.
“I’m going out into the lobby, and there’s no one in the lobby. Take the elevator down and find a nurse for the neurology department and she could help me figure out what the hell was going on.”
The nurse managed to call Sarah’s doctor, who was still in the building – but had no idea she was there, as her staff had entered into the computer that Sarah was not showing up despite placing her in an exam room.
“She was fine, she apologized, and she came back and did my appointment,” she said.
“But in the end I was all alone in that department,” she said.
TikTok commentators were taken aback by her story, with some joking and others baffled that Sarah waited so long to ask about the delay
TikTok commentators were taken aback by her story, with some joking and others baffled that Sarah waited so long to ask about the delay.
“If you try to be a good patient and don’t bother them, it backfires,” one wrote.
‘I can’t believe you stayed there for two hours without sticking your head out! I would have walked out after 30 minutes to make sure they remembered me,” wrote another.
‘Oh my!’ wrote another one. “Make sure you feel at home and be the first patient in the morning.”
Others joked about all the medical supplies they would have stocked up on.