Generally the following 3 scenarios will occur when a referral is needed:
1) ER Referral:
You are sick and in need of ER level care/evaluation/admission to the hospital.
Our doctor has trained locally and knows the capabilities of every hospital in town. It does nothing to send a patient to a hospital if you are not aware whether the hospital can actually handle the particular issue you might have. I will call the ER, make sure its the right place for you to go, and have a doctor-to-doctor conversation with the ER staff to help expedite your care when you arrive there.
2) Primary Care Referral (Return to Your Primary Care Doctor):
Most conditions will be acutely treated by us and we will provide you with a succinct summary of what we did so there is clear communication to your primary doctor. If needed we will call them as well.
3) Specialist Referral:
Again 2 scenarios here:
a) Urgent Referral
Our doctor brings with him a wealth of relationships with multiple specialists built over a 20 year career in emergency medicine, including 17 years in the Central Valley. Specialists are not all the same. I have, over the years of emergency practice, developed a keen sense of who is the best at what they do for urgent conditions. I have also realized that doctor-to-doctor conversation in urgent settings is the ideal practice. It cuts through a lot of red tape and gets your problem highlighted with the person who is the final stop: the specialist! I will personally call the doctor in case an urgent referral is needed.
b) Non Urgent Referral
This is best handled by your primary care doctor due to insurance requirements. We will, however, be ready to assist – to the best of our ability – if you are not able to go through this process for any reason.