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Pee Dee clinic leaves patients in a tough spot

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When the Pee Dee Clinic in Ogden shut its doors, behind them were hundreds of patient’s medical records. The clinic's owner, Dr. Robert Perry, surrendered his medical license this week, amid suspicion of illegally prescribing medicine. Dr. Perry closed the clinic without warning, leaving a note on the door for patients, with a number to call to get their records. The problem is one patient said she can not get anyone to answer the phone, let alone get her kid’s files. “Doctor Perry is a wonderful doctor, I love him. I'm really hurt that his business closed down like this it’s unexpected and it’s like what do we do now, where do we go from here,” said Laura Nyawetor. Laura two children, Alexis and Alexander were patients of Dr. Perry's. “He was the only doctor I knew. I've been seeing him since I was eight years old,” said Alexis Mott. Since the Pee Dee Clinic closed earlier this week, Nyawetor has called the number posted on the door, but she has not been able to get her kids records. “It’s really frustrating because my daughter needs her medication, and my son, he also needs his medication and in order to go to a new doctor and in order to go to a new doctor, I need to get their medical records,” added Nyawetor. Perry surrendered his medical license Tuesday, one day before he was scheduled to appear in a Gaston County court on four charges of obtaining property by false pretense, and one count of prescribing medication without medical purpose. The state medical board says getting records from doctors who have shut down their businesses is every patient’s right and there are ways to get them back. Each complaint, and the thirty day grace period, is evaluated on a case-by-case basis. In certain circumstances, doctors are allowed longer, but most of the time, after that thirty days doctors are considered in violation of patients rights. For Nyawetor, it is a waiting game she does not want to play. “Its like are you ever going to get your records? Its just frustrating.” Finding a new doctor is also a challenge. Local medical societies can help with that. Once you have one in mind, you can check their license and history on the state medical board's website. We have tried to reach Dr. Perry for comment, but his voice mail is no longer accepting messages and he was not home when we stopped by.

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Behind the Scenes

I have empathy for all the patients left without a doctor, but he did NOT practice medicine legally despite how much he may have cared for many of his patients. This has been a long time coming and I must admit I am not surprised. I wish the best to all of you who have lost a doctor but promise you it is for the better.

This is wrong!

Dr. Perry is the best doctor I've ever seen. He has helped me to no end and I am shocked he is being railroaded like this. I am angry and pissed and I will write the NC medical board over this. This is just WRONG!!! He's a doctor for God sake. he has to write certain prescriptions.

A patient's respect for Dr. Perry

I owe Dr. Perry more than I could possible afford because in one 30 minute consultation he diagnosed me and sent me to a specialist who saved my life. When I first heard the news of this woman's accusations I immediately called a friend of mine in law enforcement to see if I could pull up the real scoop. He called me today and folks, this woman is trouble. She was arrested for drugs and the officer told her to name names and she set Dr. Perry up. The woman used to work for him and he fired her and not only that but had her arrested for stealing a prescription pad and using it to get drugs. In turn she "paid him back" by lying and trapping him. All he did according to police is call in a prescription for cold medicine for her dad. It was a cough syrup with codiene and because he didn't lay eyes on the father he gets arrested. Next thing you know they will start arresting people for walking little old ladies across the street.

The Media Did Not Tell the Whole Story

Thank you for your insight, and honesty about Dr. Perry's situation. The media has only told one side of the story, and certainly not his. I thank your friend in law enforcement for letting you know the real deal, therefore informing the rest of us. I too owe Dr. Perry more than I could ever repay, and each of his patients should write the Medical Board and tell them ofall the heroic efforts he has done for all of us. He is a kind, caring, and brillant doctor. The world of medicine is missing out on one of the very best doctors to ever grace us with his care. All of this over cough medicine, my God what about all these other doctors, pa's, nurse practitioners, all allowed to write prescriptions, if you think they never wrote one for a friend, you are in denial. So, how about checking all their past history of prescription writing. WWAY you would really have a story then, and probably close every practice in Wilmington.

WWAY what is wrong with you?

What are you trying to do to this great Dr? You are the only area media that is even given this ridiculous story any air time. Let him be and start a story on the effect the actions of this horrible woman has had on the good families that depend on Dr. Perry on a daily basis. I am sure that will get your ratings to SOAR!

Dr. Perry has you fooled

Thank you WWAY for sharing this story with the "in the dark" people of the community! Dr. Perry should not be a doctor, and I applaud the NC Medical Board. I pray that they keep his liscense forever! Dr. Perry may have been a good Dr. -- he has many different stories to tell, and of course he is hiding. He took the easy way out and relinquished his license,---the board is protecting you, you all should appreciate their actions. This "girl) whom you all instantly hate, for taking away your "good" doctor, is also doing you a favor!! Come on----where are the rest of you that know the real 'doctor'??

The media has you fooled!

I know for a fact that Dr. Perry is very strict about writing prescriptions, documenting everything. He never plays favorites and would never ever put his life on the line like that...I know for a fact that Dr. Perry had a heart attack in July while under anesthesia and had to revived. Then he's right back to work within days because of his patients' needs rather than his own. With all of the stress of losing patients because no one can afford health insurance anymore (so they don't even go when they should) and treating patients for free so long, fighting off drug-seekers for years, then comes this crap, I am sure he surrendered his license because he has nothing to hide and probably doesn't want to have another friggin heart attack. Being so judgemental without all the facts is so screwed up. Unfortunatley, I am sure he would still give you the best medical treatment available and even save your life if he had to. I have never had a Dr. be as kind as he is in years. He's the last "family" doctor left. Not to mention his skills at diagnosing are incredible.

DR. PERRY WAS CAUTIOUS WITH PRESCRIPTIONS

In every exam room Dr. Perry had were signs posted, drug seekers be warned, and the list of drugs he did not give at random. I myself being a patient , and him knowing me , he still would not easily give you pain meds, or things such as valium, and so forth. I was having alot of emotional problems at one time , and I wanted a little valium to help me sleep. He told me flat out NO. He prescribed a small amount of xanax and told me to use it wisely because that was it. He said these drugs are very addictive, and I do not want you to get dependent on anything. So, for me to actually for one moment think that he is this drug running, wild mad doctor, who is carelessly throwing drugs to any and everybody is ridiculous. The man was, and is a brillant doctor. He was always professional, his bed side manner was impeccable, and his diagnosis was always spot on. It took one trip to him, where as other so called doctors will having you come back every few days. This community will not be the same without Dr. Robert Perry, he was the last in a dying breed of REAL family doctors. I pray that each one of his patiens that know what I am saying sits down, and takes a few moments to write the N.C. Medical Board and fight for this wonderful man. He always protected us (his patients), we all owe him that much.

Since you know the "real

Since you know the "real Doctor", why don't you tell us what it is you know....bring us out of the dark!

the real doc

The real man will be identified during his trial and the investigation by the NC Medical Board. Didn't you hear the part about him writing prescriptions for the girls father who wasn't even his patient? This so-called 'doctor' has pushed past the meaning of 'ethical' to craziness. You might not be on his side after all of the facts are known.

DR.PERRY GAVE IMPECCABLE SERVICE

You try to portray Dr. Perry as this mad doctor, who is reckless with those he treats. YOUare DEAD wrong! This man gave 14 years of impeccable service to this community, and to ALL of his patients. Of course there is always a few that you can't ever please, or clashed with him personally. These are the idiots writing this trash. I have known Dr. Perry for years , and he is a fine human being, an excellent care provider, and a loving father. I would trust this man with my life, and any member of my family's life, whom are all his patients. He has been crusified by this media oulet, wthout due process. He is a tireless worker, a down to earth person, and whatever happened in his personal life , it never showed in his professional persona. I feel he will be back , and to all you other doctors trying to kick him down, all his patients will return to him, because we've been to you and your money grubbing clinics, and we are not interested. I"ll drive to Chapel Hill for care. These other docotors, you don't fool me either. You write, or give meds to your buddies, family, nurses, office workers, and yeah those women you see on the side. I wasn't born yesterday, and it goes on every day in this town. So, for all the high and mightie, you too have dirte little secrets, it just hasn't made the news, YET.

Dr. Perry is not just a

Dr. Perry is not just a doctor but a close family friend. If you have ever had to pleasure of meeting Dr. Perry you can understand what I mean. We have been with Dr.Perry for over 12 years. He has treated my 4 daughters, my husband, me & my dad, on top of seeing hundreds that have been referred to him. You are never turned away even if he is full with appointments (that is why there is a wait sometimes). You can find Dr. Perry at the clinic almost all the time until 9pm. If he’s not at the clinic try his cell 99% of the time he answers it & if he feels it can not wait he will meet you at his office. Dr. Perry has a vast amount of knowledge about medicine I have seen him diagnose things that people have been to specialist about & he figures them out in one trip to his office. You are unable to make a co-payment he will work with you, can’t afford your prescription he will give you sample, you need to see a specialist but insurance says NO he will fight to get you approved. The list goes on & on how this man goes above & beyond. He has treated people during hurricanes without pay, he has donated his time to seeing abused children for DSS, he has been given awards from LE agency’s for his work. Yes he had an unfortunate event happen with a shady woman, but can everyone here say that their life is perfect? I know that he is the most caring, knowledge, capable, compassionate, well respected doctor I have ever had to pleasure to meet. I trust that this will work out & look forward to many more years of Dr. Perry treating & caring for my family. With all my Respect, Love & Support Jessica G. & Family

Twelve years ago when I

Twelve years ago when I moved to Wilmington Dr. Perry was the only doctor I could find who would accept my insurance. The firt day I walked into his clinic with my sick twins was the beginning of an amazing dr./ patient relationship for my family of 5. Dr. Perry has taken phone calls at 3AM in the morning, met me on a Sundays to treat a sick child, sent me to the very best speciality doctors in Wilmington ( who by the way , hold him in the highest regard) and has NEVER, EVER given me 1 reason to doubt that he is one of Wilmingtons finest doctors. For people to forget ALL that he has done for the individuals in this community is shameful. The thought that he would be involved in anything illegal and jeprodize is medical licence is absolute bull ! He was considered guilty before even being questioned ! I thought our system beyond all that! Shame on you WWAY !

More to Come

This is just the beginning, with other stories to follow.Uh,oh. From someone who knows the real "doc".

THE REAL DOC

This is from a 6 year old child, whom with my help is speaking for his buddie DR. Perry. He has a kidney disease that require constant competent care, and he received that care from this fine doctor. Dr.Perry had a great love for all children, and it showed each time he saw them. Jonathan wants to say that every night when he says his prayers, he always prays for his friend DR. PERRY. From the mouth of babes the truth is always told. He says he loves Dr.Perry and he is his friend. For all that this little boy has had to endure, and all of his care hasn't been pleasant , he still formed a special bond with this doctor, a trust that is unbreakable, a bond of a lifetime.That is the real DOC.

Robert Perry, MD

I WOULD LIKE THIS COMMENT WITH MY NAME TO APPEAR ON LINE WITH THE OTHER COMMENTS. Thank you. I have been away from home and a friend called with the info re Dr. Perry. I cannot believe that this witch accused him of anything....He is a caring, concerned and the best Dr. I have ever had in my 68 years. He has always been right on target with his diagnosis and saved my life and prolonged my husband's life (George T. Brennan)by almost two years through his early diagnosis of a rare blood disease. The doctors we were referred to for our health issues were outstanding. I cannot wait until he returns to his clinic, which he will, he is a fighter for both his patients and himself. God bless you and take care of you, Dr. Perry. Nancy A. Brennan

MEDICAL RECORDS

Dr. Perry's office is currently copying medical records and will be calling and letting you know when they are ready for pickup. Just call the office number and leave a message and they will return your call. They are hoping to get a temporary physician soon.

Pee Dee Clinic Files

Ihave been trying for days to get someone to contact me about records, and no one is apparently there. I don't know what to do about switching to another provider. If anyone knows how to contact them please reply. I really don't want to switch, but at this point we all have no choice. I still regard Dr.Perry highly, and will stay there if circumstances change. I am sure that will take some time though. This is truly a nightmare for him, and for his patients. We miss you Dr. Perry.

Consider transferring...

to Cape Fear Pediatrics. They just opened their brand new office in Hampstead across the road from PC Java. Dr. Sloan relocated his practice there as well as Village Pharmacy. Drs. Otero & Otero opened their dental practice as well.

Switching Doctors

I wouldn't take my pet hampster to Cape Fear Pediatrics. He deserves better care than that bunch of idiots can give. Been there done that, and they can't hold a candle to Dr. Perry. When you have had the very best, it is hard to find someone that does qualify to provide you with competent care. Cape Fear Pediatrics is a joke.

Dr. Perry is the best

Dr. Perry is the kind of doctor you can only hope to meet. He's caring, he listens, he's on target, and he is a genuinely wonderful man. I'm so sorry this is happening to him. If Dr. Perry needs a writing campaign to clear his name -- and get him back to his patients where he belongs -- or anything that can help, please contact me. He is fabulous and a gift to all who know him.

Dr. Robert Perry

The media has made life a very depressed society! You turn on your local news to see what the weather is going to be for the day, and there is a story that causes you great upset. I don't know why this woman had such great concern over her child's records, that she would call the news media. Dr. Perry's office was open at least until Tuesday afternoon of last week. How about waiting until both sides can be shown, before airing something. Where was the news media when Dr. Perry was calling me back in the middle of the night when my child was burning up with fever? I never saw a story on Dr. Perry when he was there in his office during hurricanes taking care of his sick patients. Even a story on how he would see your child even if you couldn't afford to pay your co-pays. A story on how you could call his pager & he returned your call himself within no longer then 5 minutes. There are no phyicians like Doctor Perry any more. Unfortunatley, someone took advange of his kindness and now he is being punished for it. Actually I take it personally, and feel my family and myself are being punished. Without Dr. Perry I would not be the good parent that I feel I am today. He has taught me a lot about how to take care of and raise my children. Dr. Perry is an excellent Physician and a good man. He has been our families Primary Care Doctor for 12 years. My daughter cried when she saw the story on the news. She refers to the only Doctor she knows as "her Dr. Perry". I hope he knows that the media can write & say what they want, but some people are not gullible enough to believe every thing they read or hear. I just wish that there was someting that we could do to help him. But, unfortunately once accusations are made, people tend to want to believe the worst about a person. That is why the media shouldn't be allowed to throughout stories to the public. They can always retract, but once it has been said? I feel sorry for all the little children & parents that Dr. Perry could have helped if this ugliness hadn't happened.

Bonnie, I totally agree with

Bonnie, I totally agree with you 100%

Hey doc...get up and

Hey doc...get up and fight...get your sick behind out of bed and fight...you are a good man, doctor, friend and awesome father. Get up, brush off your knees and fight...Remember what you told me...it is real fear but it is just that fear...please get up...you owe this fight to the your children and yourself...get up man get up....call me and i will hold your hand the whole way through because Lord knows you have held mine plenty of times...sickness, single parent hood, college, my ex's prison release and so much more I owe you that.

Dr. Perry

.. What about the girl that stole the RX pads. Who is she? Did she get arrested? Did she work for him ? and if she did the only thing he is guilty of is being to trusting.. come on WWAY, lets continue the story ..

DR.PERRY

THIS WOMAN WHO STOLE HIS PRESCRIPTION PAD WAS VERY STUPID DID SHE THINK SHE WAS GOING TO GET AWAY WITH IT. I PRAY AND HOPE SHE PAYS FOR WHAT SHE DID . DR. PERRY HAS HAD HIS WHOLE LIFE & MEDICAL CARREER ON THE LINE AND IT ISN'T FAIR . DR.PERRY MUST HAVE REPORTED HIS PRESCRIPTION PAD STOLEN SO THE GIRL MUST HAVE KNOWN THAT SHE WOULD GET CAUGHT .THE ONE TO BLAME IS NOT DR.PERRY FOR BEING A GOOD HEARTED PERSON SHE TOOK HIS ACT OF KINDNESS FOR GRANTED .IT SHOULD BE HER THAT'S GOING TO TRIAL NOT DR.PERRY GOING THREW HELL WITH ALL THIS AND ON TOP OF IT HE'S HEALTH IS NOT GOOD HE HAS TO HAVE OPEN HEART SURGERY HE DIDN'T NEED THIS NOW AND YES ALL HIS PATIENTS ARE SUFFERING FOR IT B/C WE NEED HIM HE'S OUR DOCTOR AND WE ARE NOT WHYINNING ABOUT THIS BUT WE ARE TRUELY HURT BY THIS , DR.PERRY IF YOU ARE READING THIS ALL I WANT YOU TO KNOW IS YOUR LOYAL PATIENTS NEED YOU AND WE ARE PRAYING FOR YOU THAT YOU GET THREW THIS, AND YOUR HEALTH IMPROVES SO YOU CAN OPEN YOUR CLINIC UP AGAIN DON'T LET WHAT THIS WOMAN DID GET YOU DOWN U ARE STRONG AND U WILL GET THREW THIS AND U'LL BE BACK IN THE OFFICE SEEING YOUR PATIENTS ALL YOUR LOYAL PATIENTS LOVE YOU AND ARE BEHIND YOU

That's great!

The World is a better place now that the Dr's girlfriend isn't stealing prescription pads and a handful of pills. The illegal drug trade has ended in NHC! Violent crime... gone! Illegals... they are going home now. The economy should be back on track now too. Education, gas prices, WAVE, redistricting... I wish I had a handful of pills. Sounds like most people in positions of authority in the region are on drugs or more likely need to be.

"Sounds like most people in

"Sounds like most people in positions of authority in the region are on drugs or more likely need to be." _________________________________________________ How dare you suggest people of authority are on drugs!!!! "Just Kidding!!!"..... :-) This countries condition (USA) today is based on whom takes what pill and how can their friends get a hold of some.......TOO!

DR PERRY'S LIFE

Dr. Perry's life is on the line here, and this is not a joking matter. This is not silly time for the kids. This man has had his whole world slandered in the media. Can you imagine how broken he is now? So, have a little compassion here. The people that know and love him don't find this to be in the least bit amuzing. So unless you have something worth saying, zip it. Dr. Perry pay these idiots no mind.

Negligent

I'd give Dr. Perry more benefit of the doubt and perhaps even some sympathy for his situation, but as part of surrendering his license, he agreed to and has a moral obligation to wind down his practice in an orderly manner and make available his patients' record to those patients. He is failing to do so. Worse, he outright lied (or at the least severely stretched the truth) in the note he left on the office door about having a "medical problem". He needs to just man up and help his patients with what they need to move on.