Primary care physicians in Richmond
Retreat Doctors’ Hospital proudly employs and partners with the best primary care physicians to offer same-day services, such as sick visits and on-site laboratory processing.
All providers and physicians in our network offer high-quality, personalized care. Primary care providers (PCP) in Richmond work closely with our facilities, offering extended weekday and weekend hours if your condition requires more specialized attention.
To learn more about our primary care services, please call (804) 320-DOCS (3627).
One of the most important things your PCP can do is facilitate preventive health screenings for diabetes, various cancers, blood pressure, cholesterol and other conditions that can evolve into more serious health problems. Your PCP can also provide annual vaccinations, such as your flu shot. You can find more information on preventive screenings and how often you should receive preventive care at U.S. Preventive Services.
Family medicine services
Our central Virginia primary care providers offer a wide range of preventive and medical services, including:
- Complete physical exams
- Wellness and preventive medicine
- Same-day sick visits
- Disease prevention and treatment
- Well-woman care
- Newborn and pediatric care
- Geriatric counseling and services
- School and sports physicals
- Pre-operative exams
- Family planning services
- Chronic disease management
Types of primary care physicians
There are many types of primary care physicians, each type offering different services and areas of specialization. Your stage of life and medical needs help determine which is right for you, but here is a quick reference guide to assist in finding the right provider for you and your family:
These doctors specialize in the treatment of infants, children and adolescents, usually through 19 years old. Our network pediatricians provide care for all pediatric patient needs, including immunizations, administering inpatient hospital care, conducting newborn hospital evaluations, sick visits, school physicals and well-child annual check-ups.
These doctors treat a wide range of medical concerns for patients of all ages and life stages—from infancy to adulthood. Our family practitioners are experts at preventive wellness, health maintenance exams and health education. Family doctors have a broad knowledge base, treat many common problems and diagnose acute and chronic illnesses. Our family practitioners also supervise and coordinate issues requiring complex care, including arranging appropriate referrals for specialty care when necessary.
Internal medicine practitioners (also called internists) care for adolescents and adults (16 or 18 years older, depending on the practice) by coordinating overall medical care while managing acute medical problems. Our internists perform regular preventive health maintenance exams and screening tests. They are trained to deal with all medical problems and, similar to family practitioners, are equipped to determine when a referral for specialty care is necessary.
Choosing the right family care physician for you
Building a trusting relationship with your provider is one of the most important things you can do to optimize your health. When choosing a primary care physician, ask:
- Is the office in a convenient location?
- Do the office hours work with my schedule?
- How easy is it to reach my doctor?
- Can I schedule my visit online?
- Can I pay my bill online?
- Is the office taking new patients right away?
- Will the doctor refer me to specialists for more focused care?
- Does the doctor invite me to be involved with my care?
There are several types of appointments at your physician office. Each appointment “type” carries an allotted amount of time, based on how long it takes to diagnose, treat and advise the patient. When scheduling your appointment online with HCA Virginia Physicians, the most important time-based designation you will select on our site is “current” or “new” patient.
New patients: Our providers want to get to know you and understand your health background. For this reason, these appointments are longer, and there are fewer of them.
Current patients: We can quickly consult on an ailment you are seeking treatment for, the appointment blocks are shorter, and there are more of them as a result. Same-day visits become a more accessible option when you’re an established patient of the practice, streamlining your or your loved one’s care.
Why should you see a physician before you get sick?
When you’re sick and you want to see a doctor, you want to see them immediately. If you’re not already an established patient with your PCP, the line to get in the door gets a lot longer, and you could be days or weeks out from the first available appointment.