“If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health.”
“The first duties of the physician is to educate the masses not to take medicine.”
“Extreme remedies are very appropriate for extreme diseases.”
“Listen to your patient, he is telling you the diagnosis.”
“We don’t know one millionth of one percent about anything.”
“The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding”
“The doctor of the future will give no medication, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.”
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
“The patient’s autonomy always, always should be respected, even if it is absolutely contrary – the decision is contrary to best medical advice and what the physician wants.”
What to expect during my clinic appointment
How to get get ready for my appointment
The story of your physical experience is very important in finding the underlying cause of your concern and getting your health and life back on track. Every-body is unique and their response to disease and reaction to medications are different for each patient. Your physician is relying on you to inform them about what has changed or is different with your body.
From start to finish, primary care physicians have an average of 10-20 minutes to spend per patient. This includes asking you all of their questions, performing a physical examination, determining a diagnosis, prescribing necessary treatments, and recording pertinent information in your permanent medical record.
Our clinic has invested interested in your care. We have created a unique system of recording your chief concern before your visit so you can spend more time with your physician discussing your goals of care.
Arrival at the clinic
To avoid being late for your appointment, give yourself an extra 15 minutes to find parking, get to the clinic, check in with Reception and complete any required forms for your visit.
For certain types of visits, additional forms need to be filled out before your appointment in addition to your on-line submission. Consult our receptionist or MOA to determine if you will need to fill out any forms for your specific appointment.
Prepping for my appointment
Some appointments require measurements of your height, weight and blood pressure and basic urine tests may also be required.
Your physician will needs to see, listen and often feel parts of the body during your medical visit. Time spent dressing and undressing is time that could be spent discussing your concern.
After you meet with your physician, you may be asked to fill a prescription or make an another appointment for tests, lab work, or a follow-up visit to keep your health on track. It is important for you to follow your physicians recommendations.
It also is important to call your doctor if you are unclear about any instructions or have more questions.
There are other times when you should follow up on your care and call your doctor. Call your doctor:
- If you experience any side effects or other problems with your medicines.
- If your symptoms get worse after seeing the doctor.
- If you receive any new prescriptions or start taking any over-the-counter medicines.
- To get results of any tests you’ve had. Do not assume that no news is good news.
- To ask about test results you do not understand.
Your questions help your doctor and health care team learn more about you. Your doctor’s answers to your questions can help you make better decisions, receive a higher level of care, avoid medical harm, and feel better about your health care.
Your questions can also lead to better results for your health.
If you arrive late for your appointment, your physician may not be able to see you and you may be required to reschedule your appointment.
- 24 hours cancellation notice is required, or patient could be charged for a missed visit.
- Office staff will do their best to give you a curtesy call at least 48 hours ahead to confirm your regular and follow-up appointment.
- Office staff will give you one reminder call within the week before a comprehensive health exam, counselling or procedure appointment.
- Patients that miss more than one regular visit will be discharged from the clinic’s care unless a reasonable explanation is offered and debts are paid.
- Unexplained missed appointments will be charged at the Doctors of BC rate. Current rates can be found here.