What you do for your health can slash your risk for injuries, illness and disease. It all starts with knowing what specialists to turn to. A family physician offers personalized medical attention to your concerns. A local pharmacist gives you the medication lowdown. And a dentist ensures your oral health is all smiles. It’s a trifecta of optimal care.
Finding a Family Doctor
If you do not currently have a family physician and wish to fine one, there are several ways to easily do so.
♦ The College of Physician & Surgeon of Alberta provides an online tool to help the public find a family health care provider or a specialist in their area who is accepting new patients. This advanced search tool can be found at www.cpsa.ab.ca / PhysicanSearch.aspx
♦ Most family doctors are part of a Primary Care Network (PCN) , which are groups of health professionals that work together to coordinate your health care. You can contact the Red Deer PCN by calling 403 343-9100. The Red Deer PCN website also has a wealth care information. Visit www.reddeerpcn.com for information,
♦ You can also call Health Link Alberta, the province’s 24/7 health line, at 8-1-1 to get assistance in your search for a health care provider. Average wait times are just less than two minutes.
If you need medical attention for a non-life-threatening condition or ailment, contact a local walk-in clinic. You can find an up-to-date list of clinics at www.reddeerpcn.com.
Your Pharmacist: A Helpful Ally
Pharmacists are more than glorified pill counters. As health care professionals trained in patient care, they can administer flu shots, help you check your blood pressure and even collaborate with doctors to develop the best drug regimen for you. They are key members of your health care team, so don’t hesitate to turn to them for advice.
There are many conveniently located pharmacies in and around Red Deer, and a large portion of these locations offer free prescription delivery. If you are homebound, call your preferred store to inquire if the service is available.
If you need something after-hours, the following location is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Oral Hygiene: Your Dentist Knows Best
It’s impossible to overstate the importance of good oral health and hygiene. Having a healthy mouth, gums and teeth begins with a tried-and-true routine. Follow these recommendations from the Canadian Dental Association:
- Brush your teeth (and tongue) at least twice a day with a soft bristle toothbrush.
- Floss every day.
- Maintain a healthy diet by limiting your consumption of foods and drinks heavy in sugar and carbs.
- Stop smoking, if applicable.
- Inspect your mouth on a regular basis (gums, tongue, teeth, breath, roof of mouth, inside of cheeks) in order to identify any potential symptoms of an oral disease.
- Consult your dentist at least once a year on a preventative basis, and more frequently if you have any oral health problems.
These are a number of dental clinic in Red Deer and the surrounding area, several of which offer 24-hour emergency services. Consult the Dentists section of this directory in full list.
Did you know?
Because they have an effect on the way we eat, talk, and carry ourselves in
society, oral health issues can have a negative influence on our overall
well-being. So don’t brush off your oral health and visit your dentist regularly.