Primary care physicians in Richmond
Johnston-Willis Hospital proudly employs and partners with the best primary care physicians in the area. Many offices offer same-day services, such as sick visits, extended weekday and weekend hours and on-site laboratory processing.
All of the providers and primary care doctors in our network offer high-quality, personalized care and work closely with our hospital and imaging center if your condition requires more specialized attention.
To learn more about our primary care services, call (804) 320-3627.
One of the most important things your primary care provider (PCP) can do is facilitate preventive health screenings for conditions such as new-onset diabetes, cancers, blood pressure, cholesterol and other conditions that can evolve into major problems.
Your PCP can also provide annual vaccinations for diseases, like the flu. There are guidelines on how often preventive screenings are recommended, and they can be found on the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force website.
Learn why we recommend seeing your PCP before you get sick.
Family medicine services
Our primary care providers offer a wide range of medical services to Southside patients, including:
- Complete physical exams
- Wellness and preventive medicine
- Same-day sick visits
- Disease prevention and treatment
- Well-woman care
- Newborn and pediatric care
- Geriatric medicine and counseling
- School and sports physical
- Preoperative exams
- Family planning services
- Chronic disease management
Types of primary care physicians
Different types of primary care physicians offer different services and areas of specialization. Your stage of life and medical needs will help you determine which is right for you, but here is a quick reference guide to get you started:
- Pediatricians: These doctors specialize in the treatment of infants, children and adolescents, generally 19 years old and younger. Our network of Richmond pediatricians provide comprehensive pediatric care, including giving immunizations, administering inpatient hospital care, conducting newborn hospital evaluations and conducting same-day sick visits, school physicals and well-child annual check-ups.
- Family practitioners: Doctors within a family practice treat a wide range of medical concerns for patients of all ages and life stages—from infancy through adulthood. Our family practitioners are experts at preventive care, health maintenance exams and health education. Family practitioners possess a broad knowledge base, treat many common problems and diagnose acute and chronic illnesses. Our family practitioners also supervise and coordinate issues requiring complex care, including arranging appropriate referrals for specialty care when necessary.
- Internal medicine/internists: Internal medicine practitioners (also called internists) care for adolescents and adults. (Some internists treat patients starting at 16 years old, while others accept patients at 18 years old.) Our internists perform regular preventive health exams and screening tests. They are trained to deal with all medical problems and, similar to family practitioners, are equipped to determine when a referral for specialty care is necessary.
Choosing the right family doctor
Building a trusting relationship with your provider or primary care physician is one of the most important things you can do to optimize your health. When choosing a primary care physician, ask:
- Is the office in a convenient location?
- Do the office hours work with my schedule?
- How easy is it to reach my doctor?
- Can I schedule my visit online?
- Can I pay my bill online?
- Is the office taking new patients right away?
- Will the doctor refer me to specialists for more focused care?
- Does the doctor invite me to be involved with my care?
There are different types of appointments at your physician's office. Each appointment "type" carries an allotted amount of time, based on how long it takes to diagnose, treat and advise the patient. The most important time-based designation you will choose from when scheduling your appointment online with us is "current" or "new" patient.
- New patient appointments: Our providers want to get to know you and understand your health background. For this reason, these appointments are longer, and there are fewer of them.
- Current patient appointments: We can consult on the ailment quickly, the appointment blocks are shorter, and there are more of them as a result. Same-day visits become a more accessible option when you're an established patient of the practice, streamlining your or your loved one's care.