When you have a minor injury or are not feeling well, the last thing you want to do is get dressed and sit in a medical office waiting room. The next time you're not feeling well at night or on the weekend, consider one of our new pediatrics or adult medicine physician telephone appointments for after-hours urgent care. An urgent care need is one that requires prompt medical attention but is not an emergency medical condition.* You'll be able to conduct a telephone appointment with a physician from the comfort of your own home.
You won’t have to leave the house, look for a parking place, or figure out what to do with the kids while you’re gone. You can also save time, gas, and copays.
To make an appointment or speak with an advice nurse, call our Appointment and Advice Call Center 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at:
• Clovis: (559) 324-5100 or 1-888-275-0191 (toll free)
• Fresno: (559) 448-4555
• Manteca: (209) 824-5051
• Modesto: (209) 557-1650
• Oakhurst: (559) 658-8388 or 1-800-262-6663
• Selma: (559) 898-6100 or 1-888-275-0190 (toll free)
• Stockton: (209) 476-2080
• Tracy: (209) 839-3300
• TTY for the hearing/speech impaired: 711 or (209) 476-3220 in Modesto and Stockton
* If you have an emergency medical condition, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital.
An emergency medical condition is any of the following:
1. A medical condition that manifests itself by acute symptoms of sufficient severity (including severe pain) such that you could reasonably expect the absence of immediate medical attention to result in serious jeopardy to your health or body functions or organs.
2. Active labor when there isn't enough time for safe transfer to a Plan hospital (or designated hospital) before delivery, or if transfer poses a threat to your (or your unborn child's) health and safety.
3. A mental disorder that manifests itself by acute symptoms of sufficient severity such that either you are an immediate danger to yourself or others, or you are not immediately able to provide for, or use, food, shelter, or clothing, due to the mental disorder.
Amy Pettitt began preparing her body a year before getting pregnant.
“I’d had type 1 diabetes for 14 years,” she said, “and my doctors wanted me to be in the best possible health before conceiving.”
Pettitt made an appointment for preconception care at the Women’s Health Department at our Stockton Medical Offices.
“When a woman is getting ready to have a baby, we do a complete medical history to make sure there are no chronic conditions that may complicate the pregnancy,” says obstetrician/gynecologist Bridget Norman-Malme, MD. “When conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure do exist, we look at how we can manage them so they won’t get worse during pregnancy.”
Pettitt’s doctor put her on an insulin pump, and her lab test results began to improve.
A year later, when doctors gave her the green light to get pregnant, Pettitt and her husband, Jared, conceived right away. With the help of high-risk obstetrician Virgil Graham, MD, diabetic counselor Lory Dahlhouser, RN, and dietitian Rosario Aguierre, RD, Pettit had a safe, healthy pregnancy and gave birth to her daughter, Julianne, in fall 2008.
If you’re thinking about getting pregnant, Dr. Norman-Malme recommends making an appointment with Women’s Health three months or more in advance to help optimize your health for pregnancy.
“The most important preparations are making sure any chronic conditions are under control, taking prenatal vitamins, maintaining your ideal weight, increasing exercise, eating a nutritious diet, and making sure you are protected from chemicals and other exposures in the workplace that can cause birth defects,” she says.
For more, go to Preparing for pregnancy.
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