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Dunmor, KY

#1 Jun 28, 2011
Does anyone know what happened to Dr. David Smith in Reidland. He is no longer practicing in Reidland.
question too

Hopkinsville, KY

#2 Jun 28, 2011
i have been a patient of Dr. Smith for 10yrs, and now hes just over and no trace, no info give out for treatment. i have MS, and other problems he has been great. i am confused and do not know what to do????

Marion, KY

#3 Jun 28, 2011
We got the letter also. They say that Dr. Telle is taking some of his patients but when you call the office they say she is not taking any of his patients. It sucks for the patients that need refills because you aren't gonna get them until you find another doctor. Most doctors in Paducah aren't accepting new patients. Goodluck everyone!!!

Tomball, TX

#4 Jun 28, 2011
I got the letter today also

United States

#5 Jun 28, 2011
Try dr O'Bryan. Family practice. Taking new patients and very friendly.

Cadiz, KY

#6 Jun 28, 2011
does anyone know what happened my husband has gone to him for years... i cant imagine a dr just quiting
I cant imagine

Hopkinsville, KY

#7 Jun 28, 2011
Isn't there an ethical code of conduct that doctors are bound to follow??? This is not ethically nor morally correct! Especially when he is always talking about God and his letter stated that he has prayed about his decision. We saw him a couple of weeks ago & not once did he indicate that he could possibly be leaving. Is all that we've believed about him been false?!

What about those of us who are sick, or our whole family is sick & dependent on him & he knew it. Knows our situations, knows how much we depend on him, & has promised us to be here for us. It is almost impossible to find a good doctor. We finally found one we love & thought genuinely cared for us & he dumps us to the wolves...up & leaves with no notice, no explanation. Then in his letter lies & says we will be taken care of by the office but we're told by them that they can't care for us after the 30 days & won't see anyone. We were told that the office received the same letter all the rest of us did. They say he just up & left. Has he done something illegal, has something horrible happened, has he just decided on a career change & been selfish in how he handled it, or is it something else??? we don't know.

Obviously there is more going on. I just hate to think poorly of him & I am in denial right now. We are just totally blown away & don't know what to think, much less what to do or where to turn for care. Why is Telle not seeing ANY of his patients?

For many of us, stress makes our conditions worse.....don't know about you but at this point, we're about stressed to the max!!!! Not only are we confused, flabergasted, and in serious trouble if we can't find a doctor to continue our care, but we have an overwhelming sense of hurt & pain as we placed our trust & OUR LIVES in his hands!!!!! I hope he doesn't have any patients worse off than us. How can he do this to us???? He owes us all an explanation at least!

Dr. Smith, if you read this, PLEASE EXPLAIN-YOU OWE US THAT!!!!!!lain!!!!!!!

Richmond, KY

#8 Jun 29, 2011
It is odd for a Doctor to do this if he did it as abruptly as you guys say. Something must have happened.

United States

#9 Jun 29, 2011
Sounds like rehab. Maybe not.

Marion, KY

#10 Jun 29, 2011
I thought it was really odd just to do it so quickly. Not sure what is happening with him but I feel like his patients didn't really matter or he would have given more notice to us and Dr. Telle.

Maybe there is something in his personal life because the letter states that he will not be in the area for several months.

Only God knows what happened.

Paducah, KY

#11 Jun 29, 2011
He owes all of you nothing. He only owes it to himself to be happy and take care of his family. Was it abrupt? Maybe. Was it in his best interst? Probably. Why does everyone think doctors should behave differently than a car mechanic that ups and closes his business? Or a chef that decides to close his restaurant? Get over yourselves and find a new doctor. If you have insurance, there are plenty of doctors taking new patients. If you don't, then quit being a sieve on the system and make something of yourself. I have no knowledge of why he has done this, but with all the crap doctors and health care providers are dealing with these days, I don't blame him. Anybody wander why there is a shortage of physicians?
jamie star

Chicago, IL

#12 Jun 29, 2011
Dr. SMITH is a great doctor. Hate this.
I cant imagine

Frankfort, KY

#13 Jun 29, 2011
Yes, he does owe an explanation. He is a doctor & has a higher standard to uphold than a mechanic or insurance agent. He has patients who depend on him. No, he does not owe us a reason that he made this decision, but he does owe us an explanation why he did not forwarn his patients. Its just wrong & I think anyone in their right mind can see that. Yes, maybe health care professionals do go through a lot, but that is the profession they chose. That is no excuse for his patients being treated as we are now being treated. We've always appreciated everything that Dr. Smith, Natalie, & everyone else does & we've always kept them in our prayers & thanked God for them.
Its not that we were dropped, i understand that people have issues of their own or have problems themselves, its the fact that we had no warning & now have basically 2 1/2 weeks to find a new doctor b/c the letters weren't mailed when written. As far as what everyone is thinking, what are we supposed to think? We all obviously cared a lot for him & are hurt not only physically but mentally by this. Obviously we are all going by what the office is telling us.
Personally, I just heard he is sick. If that is the case, God bless him & his family & we'll be praying for the best. I'll pray either way but with what the office has led us to believe, I just don't know what to think.
I just know this whole thing has been handled inappropriately.
thehotnessknowna s t l o

United States

#14 Jun 29, 2011
See he probably has cancer of something go find a new doctor at least u got a note jeeze leave the poor doc alone
I cant imagine

Frankfort, KY

#15 Jun 29, 2011
Why would you say cancer? God forbid!

Frankfort, KY

#16 Jun 29, 2011
A straight answer from Family Medicine would go a long way! Honesty really is the best policy. Plus it would have avoided the rumor mill & the fact that everyone now thinks badly of him! That is not the patient's fault. BTW, Jeeze & doc sure sounds like someone I know who is also not around this week.

United States

#17 Jun 29, 2011
I was told he was arrested for something to do with drugs. That's what a neighbor of his was told. That may explain why he disappeared so quickly!

United States

#18 Jun 29, 2011
They are trying to keep things on the down low and i was told he got in trouble but not for certain. Either way it dosent matter because we all have our problems. He is just as human as anyone and we all make mistakes. Just have to learn from them. That's life!

Frankfort, KY

#19 Jun 29, 2011
God give me strength to choose my words & actions wisely. Help me to remember that you will protect my family & take care of us. Give me strength to remove the horribly awful thoughts that i am having about these doctors as of today. Help me to pray for them that they will NEVER have to go through what my baby is going through right now!!!!!! Help me to say shame on them & then pray for them!!!

Nashville, TN

#20 Jun 29, 2011
Info wrote:
They are trying to keep things on the down low and i was told he got in trouble but not for certain. Either way it dosent matter because we all have our problems. He is just as human as anyone and we all make mistakes. Just have to learn from them. That's life!
You call getting arrested for drugs a mistake? I call it being a criminal...

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