The first healthcare providers you see for any
non-emergency medical problem
Weeks Medical Center Primary Care Providers (PCP), which include physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants, are typically the first healthcare provider you see for any non-emergency medical problem. They are specifically trained for comprehensive first contact and continuing care for patients with any undiagnosed health symptom or concern, as well as preventive care. Weeks PCP’s include:
- General Internists—specialize in internal medicine and generally provide services to adult patients.
- Family Practitioners—as the name implies, are qualified to care for the whole family.
- Pediatric Practitioners—specialize in child health care, usually to age 21.
- Gynecologists—specialize in women’s reproductive and maternal health.
Weeks Medical Center internal medicine doctors focus on adult medicine and have had special study and training focusing on the prevention and treatment of adult diseases. At least three of their seven or more years of medical school and postgraduate training are dedicated to learning how to prevent, diagnose, and treat diseases that affect adults. Although internists may act as primary care physicians, they are not “family physicians.”
Weeks Medical Center family practitioners, which may include primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants, provide comprehensive family care, including the treatment of acute illnesses and chronic medical conditions. They specialize in preventive medicine while providing health education for the entire family. Having a dedicated team to care for the entire family can be very beneficial.
There are many advantages to having a dedicated PCP. A dedicated PCP knows your family and medical history, lifestyle, and habits. Your PCP will coordinate your care and act as an expert guide to the medical system, including referring you to specialists at Weeks and other facilities. Your PCP will help you prevent and detect health problems through regular office visits and help you develop and carry out a personal health maintenance and improvement program.
We encourage you to establish a relationship with a PCP when you are in good health. This will ensure that we can provide you with the best care should you become sick or injured.
For more information or to make an appointment with a PCP, please call 603-788-5095.
Acute Care Clinic Now Available on Saturdays
Weeks Medical Center now offers an Acute Care Clinic on Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm at the hospital. The clinic is open to treat minor illnesses and injuries (non-emergencies) and functions similar to a regular primary care office visit. The Acute Care Clinic is staffed by Janet Wilson, APRN. Advance appointments can be made by calling 603-788-4911 but are not necessary.