Spring Hill, Florida – If you’ve put off seeing your doctor for fear of catching or spreading the COVID-19 virus, David Frankel, D.O., Primary Care Physician at Bayfront Health Medical Group wants you to know it’s safe and important to come in.
Precautions for your safety include social distancing in the waiting room and additional waiting space in the hallway, masking of all patients and providers, checking temperature of all clinic visitors, and enhanced cleaning of commonly touched surfaces.
“Regular visits with a physician are the key to your health and wellbeing,” said Dr. Frankel. “As our community, our nation, and the world get vaccinated against COVID19, I am encouraging patients to make time with their physician and take back control of their health,” Dr. Frankel added. “Seek the answers to healthcare questions from trusted sources so you can feel confident about your care.”
Here are five reasons to make an appointment for your next well-visit or check-up without delay.
1. Check on your general health. The clinic has a record of your health metrics over time, including cholesterol, blood sugar, weight and others. If any numbers are trending in the wrong direction, your doctor can help you make a plan to get back on track with lifestyle changes, diet or medical treatment.
2. Manage chronic conditions. Ongoing medical concerns, whether diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or others require regular monitoring by a provider to keep them from progressing to life-threatening levels. Regular checkups can help you avoid a medical crisis.
3. Identify issues early with routine screenings. The practice keeps records of your screening exams to help you remember when it’s time to get your colonoscopy, mammogram, bone density test, prostate exam and other screenings. Early identification of many illnesses can give you the most options for treatment and better outcomes.
4. Stay current on vaccinations for your protection. While you’re hearing plenty of news about the COVID-19 vaccine, there are a number of other vaccinations to prevent disease as your immune system weakens over time. Flu shots annually. Tetanus shots every ten years. Vaccines for shingles and pneumonia and more. The practice will remind you when it’s time to get your immunizations.
5. Keep prescriptions updated. Bring a full list of your medications, including any over-the-counter, so your physician has a complete picture of what you’re taking. An annual review can identify possible side effects or medication conflicts.
Of course, the best reason of all is peace of mind about your health. Bayfront Health Medical Group has more than 15 providers conveniently located to make it easy for you to access care.
If you need help finding a primary care physician, call 352-686-2360 or visit BayfrontMedicalGroup.com to be connected with one of Bayfront Health Medical Group’s qualified family medicine, internal medicine or gynecologic physicians.