One key to staying healthy is having a doctor who serves as your main health care provider in non-emergency situations. A primary care physician can give you a trusting, ongoing relationship with one medical professional over time. These doctors keep up with the big picture of your overall health. Not only are they available to treat you when you are sick, they can also help you manage chronic diseases and prevent health problems.
People have many reasons for changing their primary care physicians: a move to a new town, a change of health plans, a doctor retiring. Whatever the reason, the prospect of finding a new doctor with whom you can build a trusting relationship may seem overwhelming. The information in this article will help you find a personal physician who’s right for you.
There are several ways to get the names of doctors in a particular specialty who practice near where you live or work. The most likely choices for a primary care physician are internists, family practice physicians, pediatricians and gynecologists/obstetricians.
Two very convenient ways to find a physician to meet your needs include the Alamance Regional LiveWell Line and the Alamance Regional website.
The LiveWell Line, which is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, can be reached at (336) 586-4000. Callers can find information about physicians who are accepting new patients. The LiveWell Line also offers class and event registration and more information about Alamance Regional services.
The Alamance Regional website at www.armc.com includes a physician finder with a listing of physicians who are members of the hospital’s medical staff.
Questions to Ask Family and Friends
Personal recommendations from family members, friends and co-workers often prove helpful, so ask people you know about their doctors. Try these questions:
Questions to Ask the Doctor's Office
Use the information you gather to narrow your list to three or four doctors, call their offices and ask the receptionist or secretary questions such as these:
Well Worth the Effort
The research needed to find a personal physician who's right for you may take a little extra time and effort. But when you consider what's at stake — your health — the payoff seems clear.
Alamance Regional Physicians Care Network
Area residents have access to highly qualified and experienced physicians right here in Alamance County. As our area's population grows, the need for doctors is increasing. In order to meet these needs and improve access to care, Alamance Regional Medical Center is working to bring more physicians to our community and has also created a network of physicians.
Practices and doctors that are part of the Alamance Regional Physicians Care Network include:
West Burlington Medical Center
Mebane Medical Clinic
Burlington Family Practice
Cornerstone Medical Center
Crissman Family Practice
South Graham Medical Center
Ely Surgical Associates
Burlington Urological Associates