Since June, the Rural Health Clinic at Pocahontas Memorial Hospital has been offering patients full Sunday hours. We are now open Sunday – Friday, 8:30am – 6:30pm. This makes it incrediblyconvenient for patients who may work out of town during the week, or just for minor medical concerns that may occur on the weekend. The Rural Health Clinic is a family medical practice, offering care for patients of all ages and conditions.
The Rural Health Clinic asks that you call ahead to make an appointment. Limited same day appointments are available. If you do not have a regular Primary Care Provider (or PCP), Pocahontas Memorial Hospital’s Rural Health Clinic (RHC) is accepting new patients and encourages you to schedule an appointment today with one of its providers. A Primary Care Provider is a health care practitioner who sees people that have common medical problems, such as a doctor, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant. Scheduling our children well child checks are a routine part of life, but teens and adults often neglect seeing a provider until they are sick. However, even healthy active people with no health conditions need to routinely see a health care provider.
The RHC encourages people of ALL ages to establish a relationship with a primary care provider. We often feel we are “wasting” a provider’s time by scheduling an appointment when we are not sick, but that is simply not true. Whether you suffer from something as simple as a cold or just have general questions about health issues, PCPs want to see you.
Having a PCP ensures that someone is regularly watching your health and looking for patterns that might indicate problems. Simple routine testing during a regular visit can uncover potential problems that might go unnoticed for years, leading to more serious issues later on.
For people with chronic diseases, the importance of having a PCP cannot be stressed enough. Patients who have a PCP experience better management of their chronic diseases, lower overall health care costs, and a higher level of satisfaction with their care. PCPs help coordinate a patient’s care all in one place – if you need further testing or an appointment with a specialist, the PCP will schedule that.
The RHC’s goal is to be your partner in health care and is committed to making available a personal provider who takes care of all your health care needs. This includes coordinating your care across all settings – the medical office, hospital, specialty clinics, testing facilities, or other places you would receive health care.
Please call the clinic today at 304-799-6200 to get started!