Service Encounter

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In this paper, I will be giving a report on my best service experience and any recommendations that could have made my encounter better from one of ten service encounters that I conducted throughout the semester. I will also be including my worst service encounter experience from one of those ten service encounter forms mentioned a moment ago as well as any recommendations that could have made the encounter one of my best. On May 7, 2004 I had to take my son, Darian, to see an allergy and asthma specialist in Lexington, Kentucky. A few days prior to the appointment someone from the office contacted me and went over a few things about his upcoming appointment. The lady I spoke to on the phone was very nice and answered my questions adequately. When we arrived at Allergy & Asthma Physicians of Central Kentucky, everyone in the front office spoke and smiled. The office is set up so that it is extremely organized. They have two windows, one for patients who need to register for their appointment and one for patients who need to register for their allergy injections. By having the two windows it allows for speedy service. I handed the receptionist all the paperwork, which they had mailed to me a few weeks prior to the appointment, and she said that he would be called back in just a few minutes. Well, when anyone hears that at a doctor's office they can expect to be sitting in the waiting hour for a while. Well, that is not the case at this office. When they say it will be a few minutes they mean it. Darian was called back to a room within five to ten minutes. The nurse that took him back to the room was very nice and she was communicating with him to ease his mind a little bit. When we walked into this room it was equipped with toys, a television/VCR combo and plenty of movies for him to watch. That was very impressive to me since we were going to be there for a few hours while he underwent asthma and allergy testing. So in witnessing the friendly atmosphere and how they really care about the kids and keeping them occupied made this visit not so bad for my son as well as myself. The nurse told me that Dr. Kadambi would be in shortly. Again, I am thinking it will be a while. Within a matter of ten minutes he came into my son's room. He shook my son's hand as he introduced himself and then he sat down. He asked my son questions, such as what he likes to do and things of that nature. He was really interested in my son other than his illnesses. I was sitting there in the chair in complete awe. He then talked to me a little bit about what I did for a living and so on. He really establishes a relationship with his patients and the parents. By him being so personal with the patient and parents it allows them to feel more comfortable and relaxed, which in turn causes a much higher level of satisfaction. He then went into detail about what testing would be done on Darian that day and how long each would take. Once the testing was completed he came back into the room and told me what Darian was allergic to and what medicines he would start him on. He also said he wanted to do further testing but would wait for a couple of weeks that way it would be easier on Darian. There are not too many recommendations I have to make this service encounter any better. One of the recommendations that I have is that the testing rooms are much too small. Another recommendation I have is that when a nurse does the testing she should know how to also read the test. During Darian's testing the nurse that administered it did not have a clue as to when the "bubble" on his back should be considered a reaction or not so she had to go and get another nurse to come in. I understand that she was new, however, we already had to be there all afternoon and had she known how to read the testing that would have saved another fifteen to twenty minutes of waiting. (Service Encounter Form. Allergy & Asthma Physicians of Central...
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