How do I find a good family doctor?
While it may seem like a daunting scenario to find yourself a family doctor, it is a much simpler process than you might think. Your first step should be to see how many family doctors are in your area and find one(s) that are accepting new patients. This step can be accomplished with an internet search to find family doctors in your area, or you can check to see if there is a database which will show you all family physicians in your area who are accepting new patients. Another alternative is to ask your friends and family about the physician that they see and ask if they have any recommendations for you.
One of the decisions you will need to make is to decide how far you are willing to travel to see a physician on a regular basis or if you need medical treatment. You should make a list of doctors in your area who are accepting new patients and arrange a meet-and-greet appointment with them to make certain that they are a good fit. Remember that a meet-and-greet is not a commitment and you can continue to look if the first physician you meet with is not a good fit.
Why do you need a family doctor?
Your family physician is who you will see for any routine screenings, immunizations, and annual check-ups. Their job is to see to your routine medical care and provide a continuation of care should you require treatment for a long-term or chronic medical condition. They are also important repositories of your medical history – keeping it up-to-date – and offer a familiar and reassuring face during what can be a very emotionally-charged time.
Additionally, if you are in need of specialized treatment or care, your family physician will refer you to specialists and act as your first point of contact with the medical system. They also help to coordinate and organize your care, should you require multiple doctors’ visits or are on several medications to treat your condition(s). Your family physician fulfills a very important part of your overall health care and it is important that you make sure that you have one.
What do family doctors treat?
Family doctors treat more than you may think. They can help you with managing chronic conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis; but they can also treat acute conditions and injuries, such as the flu or sinus infections. Family physicians are trained to perform a variety of different procedures, which may include: colposcopy/LEEP; colonoscopy; endoscopy; family planning and early pregnancy management and evaluation; musculoskeletal injections; spirometry; skin procedures (such as wart removal or abscess draining); stitching lacerations; ultrasound imaging; and vasectomies.
But family doctors are also who you go to if you are experiencing mild to moderate flu or cold symptoms or if you need routine vaccinations or additional ones if you are traveling outside of the country. They can also treat a myriad of other mild or moderate health concerns or conditions.
If you are in need of a family physician and are in the Richmond, ON area, then give Viva Health Centre a call. You can either call us or visit us online to request an appointment now. We are located at 9580 Yonge Street Unit #6 Richmond Hill, ON L4C 1V6.