Everyone has to be new at least once. When you pick a provider to see you for the first time there are things that you need to know, bring, and expect. The expectation is that you are establishing services to be a long time patient. But not everyone sets up a provider to be there long term. Often a walk in clinic or urgent center will be picked when sick if there is no established provider.
When seeing a provider to establish care long term, bring all information with you. Including medical and surgical information, dates of vaccinations, and any health records. If you have insurance with a carrier, bring the information with you. Last and most valuable piece of information is your identification card. Again, the same information will be needed for urgent centers and walk in clinics.
Now the difference will be a well visit verses a sick visit. As a new patient you will be considered a new establish patient with a provider. This visit will be called a well visit. The urgent center and walk in clinic will consider your visit a sick visit. Both of these visits provide different types of care and education to the patient. A well visit will be more preventative education and a sick visit will be focused and targeted information.
A well visit may include vital signs, education, and may or not include blood work at the time of visit or at a later time when the patient can fast (go without food for a length of time) before the blood work is done. A recording of medications and may or not include new prescriptions.
A sick visit may include procedures such as sewing up injuries, x-rays (if the facility has a machine), ace wraps or cast, and prescriptions.
Questions. Should always be welcomed but should be focused on the type of visit, not other prior events. This insures your visit remains on either your well visit or your current sick visit focus. It ensures that the care received was the focus and the questions were answered.
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