When you are looking for a great doctor to take all your family to, then you want to choose a practitioner who can treat infants to adults during your busy schedule. School, work, and other activities can make it difficult to find the right doctor for your needs. Here are things you should look for when choosing a family practice.
Many doctor's offices opt out of doing vaccinations in their clinics, either to save money or because they don't have trained nurses to do the work. This can be inconvenient for you in having to set multiple appointments to give your children their shots on time. Choose a family practice who does vaccinations on-site so you can do checkups and stay on schedule with all immunizations. Some of these offices are attached to clinics that do shots in the same facility, which is also convenient and something you can consider if you cannot find a doctor who does vaccinations in their practice directly.
Choose a clinic that has extended hours so you can take your children to the doctor (or go yourself) without having to cut into school or work hours. This can mean choosing a family practice that is open earlier in the day or one that has certain days of the week where they are open through the evenings. Since these slots fill up fast make sure to set appointments several days or week in advance and verify that your appointments are still standing the day before you are set to check in. Make sure you have all your insurance cards and arrive early to your appointments to better ensure that you get seen on time.
If you have children with special needs you want to choose a family practice that caters to their sensitivities. This can mean choosing a doctor who has a speech therapist on-site or picking a family practitioner who has an extended degree about working with children with autism or other learning or sensitivity abilities. You can discuss with your current doctor the concerns you have for you or your children and use their recommendation to choose a family practice that will work best with all of you or take to your insurance provider to see which doctors are in your network that can meet your needs.
Finding the right family doctor for your brood can be made much easier when you know what to look for. Do your research on available practices online and by talking to other parents to see who they take their children to.