FIRST CARE MEDICAL CLINIC
When you or anyone in your family becomes ill, you want a doctor you can turn to who already knows your medical history. First Care Medical Clinic, with five North Carolina locations in Monroe, Albemarle, Gastonia, and two offices in Charlotte, as well as a clinic in Rock Hill, South Carolina, provides personalized primary care services in addition to comprehensive care when you become sick or injured.
If you need to schedule a sick visit, you can do so directly through the website. You can also call to speak with a team member over the phone at any of the offices.
Sick Visits Q & A
When Should I Schedule a Sick Visit?
Getting ahead of an illness is important and can prevent the progression of the sickness. Ideally, you should schedule a sick visit as soon as you start experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- Sore throat
- Runny nose
- Severe headache
- Chest congestion
- Difficulty swallowing
- Post-nasal drip
You should also see a doctor for a sick visit if you experience allergy-related symptoms, such as hives, rashes, swelling, or widespread itchiness.
What Happens During a Sick Visit?
Whether it’s you or your child who has fallen ill, the caring team at First Care Medical Clinic can help. As soon as you come in to the clinic, one of the dedicated medical providers takes you to a private room and checks your vitals and temperature. Your practitioner then sits and talks with you about which symptoms you’re experiencing and what makes them better or worse. They perform a head-to-toe examination and may:
- Check your eyes and ears
- Look into your mouth and throat
- Check your lymph nodes
- Examine your abdomen
- Order in-house lab services
- Request radiology services, such as an X-ray
Your provider needs to know about all the medications you take. It’s important to make a list of them (if possible) before coming in for your sick visit. This just helps ensure any new medicines you may need don’t interact with any of your other medications.
Do I Need to See My Primary Care Doctor After a Sick Visit?
Ideally, yes. Even if you just come into First Care Medical Clinic to have an evaluation for cold symptoms, you should still follow up with your primary care doctor. In some cases, illnesses can turn into something more serious.
For instance, the flu can lead to pneumonia, especially in older adults or anyone with a weakened immune system. Following up with your primary care doctor is an important step to ensure you’re recovering and to receive any further treatments you may need.
First Care Medical Clinic provides flexible scheduling for sick visits. Book your appointment either online or over the phone with the office nearest you today.