Sick visits are arranged when a person is not feeling well, and they need to see a doctor. These visits are usually scheduled as soon as the person is feeling sick enough that they feel they need a physician’s care. This type of visit can be when your child is too sick to make it into the school that day, and they need a doctor’s note upon return. Appointments which fall under the sick visit category include:
These visits are designed to treat minor but urgent medical issues. For more serious issues involving chronic illness or preventative services, contact the office to schedule a visit ahead of time. For medical emergencies such as shortness of breath or chest pains, patients should go to the ER right away.
When a patient calls the office to schedule a sick visit, they should speak to a nurse to ensure the visit is not something which needs emergency attention. When the person speaks to the nurse, he or she should describe the symptoms they are experiencing in detail. This information will help the nurse to direct the patient to the appropriate location. The nurse may suggest that the person goes to urgent care, schedule a same-day appointment, or he or she could recommend that the patient schedule a visit for later in the week.
If an urgent medical situation occurs after the office has closed and cannot wait until morning, it is recommended that you proceed to an urgent care or the ER. If the situation occurs on the weekend when we are closed or on a holiday, the same will apply. Remember that health is important and seeing a doctor for an urgent issue right away can stop it from becoming more serious.