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Why should I see a primary care provider?
you’ll receive the quality care you deserve from the area’s
most preferred community hospital.
Where do I go when I get sick?
- Having a doctor ensures you always have someone you can turn to who understands your complete medical situation and can contribute to your long-term health.
- Primary care focuses on prevention. Doctors make sure immunizations are up to date, keep records of medications and order routine lab work to track for things like high cholesterol. They maintain schedules for tests, such as mammograms and colonoscopies, and address lifestyle factors.
- Your doctor serves as a medical hub – not only do they oversee your general health, but they also serve as a gatekeeper. They can refer you to specialists when necessary, and they help to ensure consistent communication among all providers involved in your care.
If you’re like many people, you may wonder when you should see your primary care doctor, when you need to go to an urgent care or when visiting an emergency room is best. Consider the following guidelines:
- A primary care provider is your starting point for non-emergency medical concerns. For example, if you are experiencing flu symptoms, need a vaccination before going on vacation or are interested in learning more about preventive medicine, a doctor is your best bet.
- Urgent care can address non-emergency medical concerns, such as respiratory infections, sprained ankles and skin irritations, and is often available when most physician offices are closed.
- A visit to the emergency room is necessary if you begin experiencing symptoms that require immediate attention. For example, crushing chest pain, head trauma or difficulty breathing require immediate care.