How Family Practice Center Is Different Than Urgent CareWith so many options available, it can be difficult for some people to know exactly where to go for medical advice. Urgent care clinics are more prevalent today than ever before. And while urgent care offers patients a certain convenience, the experience is often not able to meet the level of care that a primary care physician can. We wanted to take some time to emphasize the importance of seeing a primary care doctor for annual appointments and more.

A complete physical wellness exam, otherwise known as an annual check-up, provides the perfect opportunity to gauge the overall state of your health. However, many patients may not take into account one extremely important aspect of these annual appointments. That is being able to reconnect with a medical team that has an intimate knowledge of your medical history. There is immense value in developing a sustained partnership with your primary care doctor and their staff that could never be possible at urgent care.

Our signature complete physical wellness exam is comprised of a series of preventative care services that are recommended for adults including:

  • A physical exam performed by a MD, NP, or PA
  • Assessing past medical and surgical history, including any family history of illness or health conditions
  • Evaluating the patient’s current level of physical activity and establishing goals for improving overall health
  • Keeping track of immunization status and recommendations for upcoming immunizations
  • Measuring vital signs like blood pressure, cholesterol, and body mass index (BMI)
  • Discussion and schedule of appropriate cancer screenings including prostate and breast cancer

People’s lifestyles change over time, as does the state of their overall health and wellness. Visiting with a primary care practice offers the advantage of familiarity that can be of critical importance during medical testing and diagnosis. Additionally, there is a human component to consider as well. Over the years, we have prided ourselves on the lasting, meaningful relationships that we have built with our patients. We think of our patients and their loved ones as family and always make it our highest priority to be there for them in their time of need. Being able to offer this personal touch is one of the main things that has made us one of the highest-rated family medicine practices in the Southeast.

We also understand that at times, there is a need for more immediate medical care and advice. This is why we offer our patients different ways to access our level of medical care and knowledge when a traditional appointment may not come soon enough. For instance, we offer daily walk-in appointments for acute medical issues and prescription refills. We also provide telemedicine appointments powered by eVisit™ for patients who want the chance to ask about any pressing medical questions they may have or have a prescription refill authorized from the comfort of their own homes. Our in-house diagnostic testing reduces the need for additional trips to the hospital that often accompany urgent care visits.

We fully understand the appeal of convenience in medical care. However, there is no substitute for top-level medical care. Our staff takes a proactive approach to wellness and does everything we can to make every patient’s time in our office as convenient and comfortable as possible. For more information or to schedule an appointment today, please contact Family Practice Center. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook for additional health tips, news, practice updates, and more