Q: How do I know if I need to see a doctor?
A: This is a hard question to answer; no one except you knows exactly how sick you feel and what your symptoms are.
Following a healthy lifestyle — losing weight, eating right, exercising and stopping smoking can pay off by preventing chronic illnesses like heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure. But even when you are healthy, things happen like colds and the flu, lacerations, sprains and broken bones.
The best thing to do is follow your instinct — if you think it is serious enough to be seen by your physician, call the office and schedule an appointment or ask to speak with the nurse. If it is something more urgent — a broken bone, a laceration, chest pain, severe headache, etc. — then you need to be seen in the emergency room.
If you don’t have a physician or are looking for a specialist, you can call the physician referral line at Firelands Regional Medical Center. The phone number is 419-557-5587 or 1-877-577-5587.
Also, the emergency room at Firelands Regional Medical Center now has “Quick Care” for minor injuries and illnesses. Located in a special treatment area of the ER, it is designed for quick and convenient treatment. It’s open from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. daily.
You will be seen by one of our board-certified ER physicians, and you will have the advantage of being right at the ER in case that minor problem turns into something more serious.
Mary Bauer, a registered nurse, is director of community outreach at Firelands Regional Medical Center.