Acute Care

Acute Care

There is an old joke in medicine that the difference between a minor illness and a major illness is whether it is happening to you.  Let’s face it, everyone – even Naturopathic Physicians – get sick sometimes.  Whether you have a sore throat or a backache, an infection “down there” or numbness and tingling when and where you don’t want it, the poorest decision you can make is to “just see if it goes away.”

Men – we are especially bad about this, aren’t we?

When you have a problem and have decided to seek care, you have several options (which are limited if you don’t have health insurance or have insurance with a very high deductible):

  1.  Go the hospital ER;
  2.  Go to an Urgent Care center, usually part of a large hospital system;
  3.  Go the Pharmacy at the local supermarket, and see what they recommend; or
  4.  Go see a doctor.

All have some merit; all have some drawbacks.  How can you decide what to do?

The role of the hospital ER in modern medicine is to “stabilize” the patient.  That is, they want to be sure you have no life-threatening injuries or conditions.  Once they determine you are not likely to die immediately, they will refer you back to your primary care doctor for follow-up.  An urgent care practice (also known as a Doc-in-a-Box) is not much better.

If you go see the supermarket pharmacist for care, even if it is a well-marketed chain, the pharmacist will make sure you get some medication – and some even will prescribe it for you.  But, can they do an assessment and make a diagnosis?  No, of course not.  If all you want is medicine, and that means you have diagnosed yourself.  Most people don’t do that so well, even doctors.  

Of course, we all understand why that is sometimes appealing – when you do go to see the doctor, you probably won’t see a doctor (more likely a nurse) and probably won’t be told what’s going on with you.  That’s after you make the appointment, wait in the crowded waiting room with people who are coughing, sneezing, or maybe worse, then get to see the nurse for 10 minutes.  Lucky you!

At the office of Dr. Don Selvey, things are different.  I take great pride in being able to see patients myself, spend the time necessary, then treat the patient like I would family.

Acute Care Conditions Treated:

  • Coughs, Colds, Sneezing, Runny nose
  • Earaches, discharges
  • Watery Eyes, blurred vision
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
  • Discharge or pain from vagina/urethra
  • Skin eruptions, blisters
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Skin eruptions, blisters
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Sudden onset of Pain:
    • Chest pain
    • Headache
    • Abdominal pain
    • Pelvic or genital pain
    • Muscle pains
    • Joint pain, sprains, strains

Service Fees for Acute Care: