Will I see my Primary Care Physician (PCP)?
In many cases primary care physicians will refer their patients to a Hospitalist when they are admitted into Exeter Hospital. During your hospital stay, you may be seen by a Hospitalist who will work closely with your primary care physician. You will then see your primary care physician soon after discharge from Exeter Hospital.
Not all primary care physicians participate in the Hospitalist program. Please contact your primary care physician's office for more information.
What if I don’t have a Primary Care Physician?
We have a large network of excellent primary care physicians in the community, many of which are accepting new patients.
How does having a Hospitalist help me?
In case of an emergency, your Hospitalist is never far away. That is because they work in Exeter Hospital and will see you more than once a day, if needed. During your stay, the Hospitalist will work closely with specialists and departments in Exeter Hospital. Hospitalists assist you through a smooth and speedy recovery process by following up on tests and adjusting your treatment regimen throughout the day according to those tests. Hospitalists are here to provide the answers in person whenever possible. During critical and stressful moments, they provide honest and considerate answers to your questions. Since a Hospitalist is in Exeter Hospital 24 hours a day, they are able to spend more time talking to you and your family about your care. There is no time more important to communicate about your care than when you might be critically ill.
How does the Hospitalist know about me?
Hospitalists communicate with primary care physicians on a regular basis. At the time of your admission to Exeter Hospital, the Hospitalist contacts your primary care physician to provide as much information as possible about you and your illness. During the course of your hospitalization, your Hospitalist and primary care physician may communicate further regarding your treatment. And at discharge your Hospitalist will communicate with your primary care physician to discuss your further treatment needs, help arrange follow-up, and prescribe the necessary medications, and he or she will send your hospital stay records to your primary care physician to create a smooth transition after you have been discharged from Exeter Hospital.
Hospitalists help your Primary Care Physician be more available to you.
Working with a Hospitalist provides primary care physicians the ability to focus their attention on their office practices and better refine these needed outpatient skills, while at the same time knowing that their in-hospital patients are receiving the best care possible from specialists trained in that field. With a physician in Exeter Hospital at all hours of the day and night, it is easier for you and your family to communicate about your illness. Your primary care physician will be able to devote more time to keeping you and your family healthy.
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