Family Doctor

Family doctors play an important role as the first point of contact for most patients. Your family doctor understands your medical history, which helps inform their decisions about the best treatment options for you. They assess, diagnose, and treat patients. They also refer patients for tests, procedures, and for consultations with specialists.

 

Looking for a family doctor? Click on Find a Family Doctor . To find your family doctor's contact information, click on Contact your Doctor.

 

 

Why Wait?

For non-emergencies, a family doctor may often be able to see you the next day. Book an appointment with your doctor now for:

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  • Most medical issues

  • Periodic health exams if you know you are at a higher risk for a specific medical condition

  • Chronic illnesses

  • Mental health issues

  • Referrals to specialists

 

 

Did you know?

  • Your doctor can order tests such as blood work, X-rays, MRIs, CT scans, arrange scopes (such as colonoscopies, etc.), and more

  • Your doctor can also refer you to a specialist, including surgeons, cancer specialists, heart specialists, gynecologists, allergy specialists, psychiatrists, and more

 

Having trouble getting an appointment?

  • It is very helpful if you provide your doctor’s receptionist with details on the urgency of the appointment, such as when your problem began and how much distress or pain it is causing you.

  • Your doctor’s office welcomes your feedback. There may be times when your doctor may not be available to see you. If it is difficult for you to book an appointment, discuss your expectations with your doctor or their receptionist.

 

 

Nurse Practitioners

Nurse practitioners work in various health-care settings such as family doctors’ offices, health centres and clinics, and Emergency Rooms, so you may be seen by one, depending on your medical condition. A nurse practitioner is a registered nurse with advanced training and work experience. He or she can work independently or as part of a team, with responsibilities somewhat similar to those of physicians. Your nurse practitioner will treat many medical issues, diagnose health conditions, order and interpret screening and diagnostic tests, perform procedures, prescribe medications, refer you to other health-care professionals, including specialists, and meet with you/your family on a regular basis to discuss your overall health. For more information about nurse practitioners, please visit the Nurses Association of New Brunswick’s website.

 

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