Maine Coast Memorial Hospital is located at 50 Union Street in Ellsworth, Maine
Eleanor Widener Dixon Memorial Clinic
Frequently Asked Questions
Who operates the Clinic?
The Eleanor Widener Dixon Memorial Clinic is an outpatient clinic of Maine Coast Memorial Hospital, and all members of the Clinic staff are hospital employees. Many of the policies at the Clinic are initiated by the hospital administration and correlate with hospital-wide policies. A very positive aspect of this close connection with the hospital is that our physicians are able to provide continuity of care when a patient is admitted to the hospital. This is not true in many rural communities. At the same time, it should be stressed that the Clinic staff are not obliged to admit a patient to the local hospital and may admit to another hospital when appropriate.
Why do I have to wait so long to see the Doctor?
Sometimes appointments that have been scheduled in advance are delayed for unavoidable reason. Many factors contribute to the delay:
How can I help cut down on long waits for myself and other patients?
We apologize for delays and encourage you to check with the receptionist upon your arrival to see what your approximate waiting time might be. If the wait is more than you are able to accommodate the receptionist will gladly reschedule your appointment for a more convenient time. You are also welcome to call the Clinic before you leave your home to see if your provider is running behind. This may save you unnecessary time waiting in the Clinic for your appointment.
What is the best time to come in for a shot or blood pressure check?
The best time to come in for a shot, blood pressure check, weight check or to speak with a nurse would be from 9:00 AM to noon and from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. These are times when we have more than one nurse scheduled and so your waiting time should be less than if you came before 9:00 AM, after 4:00 PM or during the lunch hour.
What rules apply to seeing minor children?
State law requires that a legal guardian give permission (by way of signature) for a minor child (under 18) to be seen. If you have made arrangements for someone other than the child's legal guardian to bring them to an appointment, please write a note to the Clinic with the day's date and your signature giving your child permission to be seen that day.