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Primary Care

Having healthcare close to home is important. Centra Medical Group has family medicine providers and internal medicine providers specializing in primary care in 16 locations throughout Central Virginia. From pediatric and adolescent to adult and geriatric patients, we care for your entire family. 

Primary care services include:

  • wellness and prevention
  • disease management (high blood pressure, diabetes, etc.)
  • physicals (sports, school)
  • labwork
  • immunizations (flu, pneumonia, allergies, etc.)
  • x-rays
  • minor laceration repair
  • removal of small lesions

Through the Centra Medical Group, you are connected to Centra’s wider healthcare system, where award winning services, advanced technologies, and a full range of specialties are available to meet the health and wellness needs of you and your family.

Selecting a primary care provider

What is the importance of yearly check-ups and screenings?

Instead of calling them routine physicals, think of these annual appointments as health maintenance exams. These are not just physicals. It's about maintaining your health. Primary care providers are committed to your health and well-being, and they would love to encourage and support you through healthy habits rather than just addressing problems during sick visits as they arise.

Screenings and exams are age related and designed to catch diseases early around certain milestones. It's much easier to treat diseases through early detection rather than waiting for symptoms to appear.

Take an active role in your healthcare, working closely with a trusted primary care doctor for one-on-one health education. During yearly exams, our physicians discuss nutrition, exercise, and age-appropriate cancer screenings. By going through your typical meal plans, a physician can suggest small changes that can make dramatic differences.

Why is it important to select a primary care provider?

Instead of jumping from practice to practice, we encourage you to settle in with a doctor's office and build a relationship with a specific provider. By forging a bond with a primary care doctor, you can benefit from their knowledge of your family health history, medications, and overall well-being. Selecting a primary care provider is an important decision. Choosing the right physician is one of the most important steps you can take toward improving your health. Finding the right care doesn't happen by accident. There are plenty of good doctors to choose from, but selecting the right one for you requires thorough research and investigation.

What should patients take into consideration when selecting a primary care provider?

All doctors do not have the same skills or provide the same method of care. Your new physician should match your unique healthcare needs and your personal preferences:

Skills. A family physician can handle most common health concerns. Specialists are physicians who have completed general medical education and have trained for a number of years in a select area of medicine. If you have a specific and complicated medical condition, you may need specialty care.
Office location. If you have transportation problems or have a condition that might need immediate care, you might consider a doctor who has an office close by.
Gender. Do you prefer a male or female doctor?
Age. Some people might feel more comfortable with an older or younger doctor.
Ethnicity. People from other countries might be able to communicate better with a doctor who is more proficient in the same language.