What Is Family Practice?
Family practice combines general medicine, pediatrics, minor surgery, gynecology, and social and behavioral sciences.
Family practice physicians establish lifelong relationships with patients. Their specialty is treatment of families and individuals at every stage of life, and in many circumstances. These relationships give healthcare providers a basis for decisions in each patient’s lifelong care, fostering a partnership between the healthcare provider and patients.
Services We Provide
- Preventative medicine for children and adults
- Routine physical examinations
- Women’s health care
- Health screening tests such as blood analysis, urinalysis, E.K.G., spirometry, and Holter monitor
- FREE immunizations for qualifying children
- Office surgical procedures such as skin biopsies, excisions, wart removal, vasectomy, colposcopy, endometrial biopsy and joint injections
- Consultations for patients traveling outside the United States including recommended vaccines. (not covered by any insurance)
- Osteopathic manipulation
Illnesses and Injuries We Treat
- Acute illnesses, such as infections
- Sprains and fractures
- Sports-related and occupational injuries
- Chronic illnesses, such as asthma, arthritis, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and depression
- Skin diseases
We appreciate the opportunity to provide you with medical services. Our goal is to create a partnership with each patient in order to achieve the highest level of care for you and your family.
Our patient population is now cared for by specialists in hospital-based medicine while at Munson Medical Center. Munson Medical Center Hospitalists provide excellent inpatient care for WFPC patients while at Munson, and the collegial relationship between the MMC Hospitalists and West Front Primary Care physicians allows for improved continuity of care.
While most health problems can be treated by our staff, referrals are made to specialty physicians when we believe their expertise is essential. Your West Front Primary Care provider must evaluate your condition before a referral is considered, especially if you belong to an HMO. This system is more expeditious, more cost effective, and gives you continuity of care in a familiar environment.
The optimal time for prescription renewals is at a scheduled office visit, before your prescriptions run out. This allows your doctor or nurse practitioner to monitor the clinical and laboratory effects of your prescription medications, and adjust the dose, if required, in a timely fashion. Please make your appointment in plenty of time before your prescription will run out.
If this is impossible, please call (231) 935-8945, and follow the instructions given, allowing 48 hours for your prescription to be filled. Note that there are additional regulations in place regarding prescription renewals for controlled substances, like opioids.
West Front Primary Care has a lab on site in Suite E, run by Munson Medical Center. This is convenient for blood draws and a number of routine lab tests. If you require lab work, ask your provider if the in-house lab can assist you.
In order to make the best use of your appointment time, please bring all of your medications in their original bottle(s). If you record your blood pressure or blood sugars, bring that information with you as well. You should also write down all the questions and concerns you would like to address during your office visit. If you are a brand new patient, a detailed medical and surgical history and a list of your allergies is helpful.
Should an acute problem arise and you need to be seen that day, we will try to schedule an appointment with your regular West Front Primary Care physician or nurse practitioner.
When this is not possible, our Same Day Care practitioner will see you instead. The Same Day Care clinic is open 12:00pm to 8:00pm Monday through Friday, and 9:00am to 3:00pm on Saturdays. Appointments are still required. Hours subject to change.
NOTE that there is a $20 charge for appointments after 5pm and Saturdays.
In a severe, life-threatening emergency, you should always call 911 first.
But, during the hours when our office is open, you should never have to visit an urgent care center or emergency room for non-life-threatening illnesses or injuries. Our office is open until 8:00pm on weekdays and until 3:00pm on Saturdays. Call West Front Primary Care before going to the emergency room, unless the issue is truly an emergency.
If an emergency arises when the office is closed, our answering machine will direct you to call the Munson Medical Center switchboard at (231) 935-5000 to page our on-call staff physician.
If you cannot keep an appointment, we ask that you call to cancel it as soon as possible. We request cancellation notification at least 24 hours in advance, to allow scheduling another patient during that appointment time. Appointments cancelled less than 24 hours prior to scheduled time, and no-shows, will incur a $50 charge.