Good health comes from the care and support of a provider you trust.
Most people have a pretty good idea what’s needed to be healthy and feel well. Eating a balanced diet, exercising a few times each week, getting enough sleep and keeping stress in check are proven to positively influence a person’s health and well-being. Another essential factor that’s often overlooked is partnering with a primary care provider.
A primary care provider — one person you see for all matters concerning your health — can do more than get you better when you’re feeling ill. He or she can also keep you well. A primary care provider offers a range of medical services that can benefit every member of your family, including:
- Physicals for work or school
- Regular exams and checkups
- Vaccinations, flu shots and immunizations
- Care and supervision for chronic conditions
- Preventive medicine that keeps minor concerns now from becoming major conditions later
Even more important, a relationship with a primary care provider establishes “continuity of care,” which means that this one person monitors and advises on your health year in and year out. Having one provider who knows you, your health needs and goals, and your personal and family health history, is proven to lead to better health as you age and grow.
If you or your family doesn’t already have a “go-to,” choose a primary care provider with Baptist Health close to where you work and live.
A primary care provider can be your first call for a wide range of services and minor conditions. If more specific care is needed, here are some examples of what is considered urgent care and emergency care.
If it’s after hours and your primary care provider isn’t available but you need care right away, immediate care or urgent care can help you with non-life threatening medical issues that could become worse if not treated immediately.
- Fever without rash
- Ear pain
- Painful urination
- Persistent diarrhea
- Sore throat
- Minor trauma such as a common sprain or shallow cut
Emergency care is for serious medical conditions that threaten a person’s life or limbs. For examples like these below, every second counts when seeking treatment.
- Chest pain
- Difficulty breathing
- Head trauma
- Severe bleeding
- Loss of vision
When it comes to choosing primary care or urgent care or emergency care for your particular medical need or situation, the right choice will save you time, money and provide you with the most appropriate level of care.
Call 1.888.227.8478 to find a Baptist Health provider near you or to schedule an appointment.