The purpose of family medicine is to provide comprehensive medical services for families. Services include monitoring of growth and development, diagnosis of health problems, and treatment for various ailments and conditions. Dr. Veras Pola also offers medication refills and vaccinations during family medicine appointments.
During a typical family medicine appointment, a member of Dr. Veras Pola’s staff will take the patient’s vital signs, including blood pressure, heart rate, and temperature. They may also measure the patient’s height and weight. Dr. Veras Pola will evaluate these results and then perform a thorough physical examination of the patient.
If the purpose of the appointment is to check the patient’s development, Dr. Veras Pola may go over the basics of the exam with the child’s parent. On the other hand, if the child came in because of a specific problem or symptom, Dr. Veras Pola may order specific tests to identify the cause of the issue.
If a parent has more than 1 child that needs to see Dr. Veras Pola, the parent may be able to make an appointment for all children at the same time. However, the parent should inform the scheduling staff that the appointment is for more than 1 child. Otherwise, the appointment may not be long enough to accommodate all of the children.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends regular appointments for all children under the age of 18. The recommended appointment schedule varies based on the age of the child. While older children may need to see the doctor only once each year for a checkup, younger children may need more frequent appointments. Parents should also make appointments for their children anytime they have a concern about the child’s health or wellbeing.
The Centers for Disease Control recommend certain immunizations for most children. Dr. Veras Pola is happy to provide these immunizations to his patients at the appropriate developmental stage. Patients who are behind on their vaccinations can usually catch up by following a specific schedule designed by the CDC.