Primary Care

Primary Care

Primary Care services offered in Downtown, Wilmington, NC

Dawson Med Primary Care is here to provide you and your family with patient-centered, compassionate primary care services at every age, from adolescence through adulthood. Primary care includes routine care like annual physicals, assessments, and treatment for illnesses and injuries. Call our office in Wilmington, North Carolina, to schedule an appointment or request one online today.

Primary Care Q&A

What is primary care treatment? 

Primary care is whole-body healthcare. Primary care treatment focuses on:

  • Health promotion
  • Health maintenance
  • Preventive care
  • Disease prevention
  • Patient education
  • Chronic care management

When you seek primary care at Dawson Med, you can expect the medical team to get to know you as a person. Combined with a dedicated, integrated approach, this method can provide you with the most specialized health care possible. 

What does primary care address?

Dawson Med can see you for most healthcare concerns, such as sick visits and preventive care.  The team can treat a wide variety of ailments, conditions, and diseases, including:

  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Cold and flu
  • Sore throat
  • Fever
  • Skin rashes
  • Back pain
  • Chronic pain

Preventive care treatment includes services such as physical exams. They can also perform x-rays if needed. 

Think of your Dawson Med primary care provider as the one who orchestrates your medical care, from tracking and maintaining your complete medical history and providing your routine medical care to knowing exactly when to refer to you to specialists for more advanced services. We’re also here to make sure we monitor your health and recommend screenings, like annual physicals, pap tests, breast exams, mammograms, prostate screenings, colonoscopies, and other screenings at the appropriate times and/or age.

Who is primary care for? 

Dawson Med is here to help with 

  • Adult Medicine
  • Pediatric Medicine
  • Senior Medicine
  • Women’s Health

What can I expect during a primary care visit? 

Each person has their own unique health needs and concerns. Thus, every primary care appointment is different.  During a primary care visit, the team begins by discussing your overall health and asking you questions about any specific pain or symptoms of illness you may be experiencing. They may also ask about your family's medical history.  Next, the team checks your vitals, blood pressure, heart rate, and body temperature. They may record your weight and height. Based on your medical history and the concerns you express, your team follows this with primary care treatment services such as:

  • Flu shots
  • Urine analysis
  • Wound suturing
  • Sling placement
  • Bandage wrapping

During a primary care visit, the team may also provide immunizations, booster shots, and any other preventive care you need. 

Why do I need primary care? 

When choosing a primary care provider, you invest in a lifelong relationship with your health and provider. This relationship leads to more personalized care, increased trust, and better outcomes. Primary care helps you manage day-to-day health needs. Instead of going to a new provider for every issue, you can see the same team each time you have a medical condition.  A long-term relationship with a primary care provider (PCP) keeps you healthier and can help lower your medical costs. They can teach you ways to stay healthy, take care of you when you're sick, and help you to get more advanced care when needed. Manage all your health needs with a PCP you can trust at Dawson Med. Learn more by calling the office or requesting an appointment online today.

What are the benefits of having a primary care doctor? 

Having a primary care doctor you see regularly is one of the most important steps you can take in maintaining your overall health. Through regular visits, our team at Dawson Med Primary Care gets to know you, your family history and learn more about your lifestyle. We’re also here to help you stay healthy through scheduling you for regular checkups, preventive healthcare screenings and vaccinations, as well as, diagnose and manage potentially silent medical conditions, like high blood pressure and diabetes. 

What does the term PCP mean? 

Your primary care provider (PCP) is usually used to designate your primary healthcare provider who provides your routine medical care as well as who helps you maintain your overall health and wellness. 

Is it expensive to have a PCP? What does it cost to have a primary care doctor? 

Having a primary care provider is actually a cost-effective source of healthcare designed to keep you healthy. Some medical insurance coverage also fully covers the cost of routine check-ups and preventative health screenings. 

Our goal is to be able to provide our patients and community with highly accessible, personalized care any time it’s needed, from longer visits with your doctor to telemedicine visits for those who can’t come into our office. We urge everyone, our patient or not, to remember that you should become your own advocate for living your healthiest life. There’s more. When you become our patient, we’ll also coach you on how to get the most out of your appointments, like not being shy about asking questions and taking notes during your appointment. We’ll work with you on how to talk with us about your symptoms and track your symptoms so we can make even more informed decisions about your overall health and wellness. Always remember, we’re here for you and for your health.

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