Quality Healthcare Clinics Offer a Variety of Treatments

Many cosmetic and healthcare clinics offer a wide variety of procedures to their patients. These can range from spa treatments right through to major medical treatments.

This means that a client can visit one clinic for a choice of procedures, making it their one stop destination for treatments including skin care, dental care and eye care.

These private health clinics are popular because the patients can get to know their surgeon and the other staff over a period of time, as they undergo a range of treatments. The patient can feel that they are in safe hands for all their medical and cosmetic needs.

There are many private medical clinics around the world that offer a fantastic variety of treatments to patients. In countries where there is no government health scheme, it is particularly important that there are quality private healthcare clinics.

This enables people to get the essential health treatments they need. A typical range of health care offered at private clinics includes dentistry, ophthalmology and cardiology.

Specific treatments include laser surgery for the eyes, a common treatment these days, as well as procedures to treat diseases of the eyes.

Dental care can also be carried out at healthcare clinics. Orthodontic and dental treatments offered can include aesthetic restoration, implants and the treatment of gum disease.

People with serious heart-related health problems can also turn to healthcare clinics for cardiology procedures.

Types of cosmetic treatment offered include all types of skincare and dermatology, from laser surgery to remove skin imperfections and unwanted hair to cellulite treatment.

Cosmetic dermatology also includes beauty enhancement procedures such as collagen implants, botox, microdermabrasion and chemical peels.

So there is usually a wide range of procedures available at healthcare clinics. They are also welcoming and relaxing environments, enabling the patients to relax before and after their procedure.

Some treatment clinics also offer spa treatments as well as health procedures. These include all types of therapeutic massage as well as beauty treatments. The spa is a relaxing environment in which to take time out from life and really relax.

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Men and Sexual Health – Visiting the Local GUM Clinic

Sexual health is just as important as any other type of health care so if you suspect something may be wrong then do visit your GP or local clinic.

Gum Clinic Visit

GUM clinics (genitourinary medicine) previously called STD or STI clinics are usually located at general hospitals. Some have appointments and others have drop in clinics so you can just turn up. Most offer both services depending on the day of the week you go.

When you go to a sexual health clinic, you’ll be asked for your name and contact details. You don’t have to give your real name if you don’t want to. Your GP won’t be told of your visit without your permission and all information is confidential.

If you have tests and the results aren’t available during your visit, the clinic will need to contact you later, so give them the correct contact details. They will ask you how you wish to receive your results: usually over the phone, in a text or in an unmarked letter. They may also ask if it is OK to leave an answer phone message or not.

Answering some questions

A big concern for many people is the issue of confidentiality.GUM Clinics are critically aware of this, and take every step to protect your privacy. All material relating to your visit is totally confidential and will never be made available to anybody who shouldn’t see it. If you’d prefer, you don’t even have to give your name.

You will see a doctor or a nurse, and they’ll ask you about your medical and sexual history. Be prepared to answer questions about your sex life, including:

when you last had sex

whether you have had unprotected sex

whether you have any symptoms

why you think you might have an infection

The staff have seen it all and heard it all before, so be honest! Being honest is the best way they can help you. The doctors and nurses are not judgmental in any way so give it to them straight and they always treat you with respect.

Clinic Visit and Tests:

The doctor or nurse will tell you which tests they think you need. They should explain to you what is going on and why they are suggesting these tests. If you’re not sure about anything, ask them to explain.

The tests might involve:

a urine sample

a blood sample

swabs from an infected area

an examination of your genitals

Testing for chlamydia and gonorrhea usually requires only a urine sample. Testing for HIV and syphilis needs a blood sample.

Treatment is usually creams and tablets which is provided by a prescription that can be filled at the hospital dispensary and there is no charge for this.

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Walk-In Clinics – The Doctor is Out

Our Changing Health Care System

Rather than waiting a week to see your doctor when you’ve got a sore throat, your past choice could have been the emergency room at your local hospital. Once there, you could be privileged to wait for hours in a crowded noisy room. Then, adding to the insult, you could be hit up for hefty co-insurance fees.

That’s changing. Walk-in cinics, also called Retail Health Clinics are showing up in strip malls, megastores, major shopping malls, and drugstores. CVS, Walgreens, Target, and Wall-Mart are in the business. At the end of 2007, there were 921 walk-in health clinics nationwide as compared to just 129 the year before. So the growth has been nothing short of phenominal; sort of like Starbucks. Within the next five years, the number is expected to exceed 3,000.

The search for cheaper, faster, and more accessible health care is fueling this trend. Timely and affordable health care is becoming increasingly difficult to obtain as doctors continue to migrate into the specialties. The reason for this is simple. They pay better.

Some doctors are fighting back. Dr Jim King, president of the American Academy of Family Physicians has developed a program that allows patients with minor problems, the kind that could be treated at a walk-in clinic, to see a doctor within 45 minutes of coming in. There are a number of practices attempting to become more patient centered than has been their customary routine, but to date, they are still very few and far between.

So meanwhile, if you have a cold, sinus problem or a bug of some kind that isn’t likely to get serious, a walk-in clinic may provide a solution. But before you go running off to the nearest Target, be aware of the possible drawbacks.

Walk-ins — What Are They?

The Mayo Clinic defines a walk-in clinic as a clinic that treats certain common conditions. They are often staffed by licensed nurse practitioners who are specially trained to work in these clinics and can write a prescription for you if necessary. Most walk-in clinics treat conditions such as:

– Sinus infections or upper respiratory infections
– Bladder infections
– Strep throat
– Pink eye or styes
– Minor injuries
– Skin conditions such as warts or eczema

Some clinics also provide flu or tetanus shots, pregnancy tests, and routine physicals. They are not a substitute for regular visits to your doctor and you should keep your doctor informed of any treatment you have received at a walk-in clinic.

Mixed Reviews by Consumers

The Deloitte Center for Health Solutions recently conducted a survey that found 34% of consumers inclined to use a walk-in clinic, with 16% saying they already have. Walk-in clinics are cheaper, more convenient, with many of them keeping late hours. And many insurance companies are now covering visits to these clinics, with much lower co-pays than for a doctor’s visit. According to Dr Ezekiel Emanuel, head of the Bioethics Department at the National Institutes of Health, walk-in clinics are good for “short, simple stuff.” They are not about complicated health problems.

Even so, patients are not uniformly happy with walk-in clinics. Canada, just like the U.S., is suffering from a shortage of primary care physicians. And Canada also has its share of walk-in clinics. A study in the Annals of Family Medicine surveyed patients on the kind of care they liked best.

Seeing or speaking on the telephone with one’s family physician scored the highest, the emergency room followed and then came a health information service staffed by nurses. Walk-in clinics made a very poor showing of last.

And then of course, the question of safety and appropriate treatment is always out there. When you walk into a clinic, chances are you won’t be seen by a doctor. Most clinics are managed by nurse practitioners or physician’s assistants and don’t have a doctor on the premises, This leaves the decision of prescribing medication up to someone with considerably less comprehensive training and can result in overdosing, especially where antibiotics are concerned. Doctor Bruce Auerbach, president elect of the Massachusetts Medical Society believes that this can be downright dangerous. If the patient fails to communicate with the practitioner concerning the medications he is already taking, a medication could be prescribed that seriously conflicts with them, is Dr Auerbach’s contention.

b>Alternatives for Chronic Conditions

Neither a walk-in clinic nor a doctor practicing allopathic (conventional) medicine is, for the most part, very successful in treating chronic illnesses. For this your best bet is an Alternative Physician. These doctors stand head and shoulders above the conventional group when it comes to treating chronic diseases like arthritis, asthma, allergies, cardiovascular disease, cancer and other degenerative diseases. Anyone afflicted with such a disease would be well advised to ignore both the walk-in clinic and the “conventional” doctor and locate a good Alternative Physician familiar with, or better, specializing, in your particular affliction.

Alternative physicians can be readily located through the American College for the Advancement of Medicine. These doctors are, beyond all else, the wave of the future when it comes down to truly effective treatment of chronic illnesses. Alternative physicians trump the walk-ins and the so called conventional doctors in actually providing cures as opposed to management of diseases. Alternative physicians deserve a close look by anyone afflicted with a chronic disease.

So the next time you feel the need for prompt medical attention and consider using a walk-in clinic, take a moment to evaluate your condition yourself. If it’s a simple cut finger, temporary sore throat, or migraine, go for it. If you’re not sure, chances are the practitioner at the clinic won’t be sure either and you’ll just be sent on to a doctor anyway. If they’re ethical.

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