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Planning your Visit

When to Visit

Aside from coming in for regular well visits and recommended health screenings, you will likely also visit your primary care physician due to illness. Our team of primary care physicians is committed to providing you with convenient, accessible care regardless if your visit is planned or impromptu.

Once you have selected a family medicine or internal medicine physician, he or she will determine the best health maintenance appointment schedule for you based on your current health. Timely, routine visits can help promote wellness and the frequency of these visits will depend on your overall health and physician’s recommendation. Should you have a chronic illness, your physician will likely recommend you come in for more frequent health maintenance follow-up visits.

What to Expect at your Exam

Depending on what you are coming in for, your visit expectations may vary. If your scheduled appointment is for a wellness/health maintenance visit, you can expect a full physical exam including preventative medical advice, standard blood work (dependent on age) and relevant age-based health screenings or referrals (such as pap smear; mammogram; colonoscopy; and prostate and osteoporosis screenings).  If you are due for updated immunizations they will also be administered at this visit.

At NorthShore, we understand that the sooner you can be seen, the sooner you can be on your way to improved health. If you come in for a same-day appointment or walk-in hours, you can expect your visit to focus on your immediate issue or illness only. This visit will not take the place of a wellness visit and is not meant to address multiple or chronic health concerns.

 We recommend you bring the following items to your appointment:

  • List of medications and/or bottles
  • Insurance card
  • Family medical history
  • Immunization history
  • Information about your symptoms or chronic care management

To learn more about when to visit, view our Frequently Asked Questions page.