Primary care is your first stop for health care. MaineHealth providers focus on your overall health and wellness. Providers who work in the area of primary care have the compassion and skill to care for you and the whole family. MaineHealth primary care offices are conveniently located, and many offer extended hours to accommodate everyone in your family.
Choosing a PCP
Primary care providers are also called PCPs. They have an important role in your everyday health care. PCPs take care of routine medical problems and refer patients on to specialists as needed. Your PCP often is the first provider you see or contact about a health problem. At MaineHealth, we understand that each patient is an individual with unique health care needs. You can choose the primary care provider who is the best fit for you and your family. There are different types of primary care providers, though all share a special focus on overall health and wellness:
- Family Medicine Doctors have special training to provide medical care to patients of all ages, from newborns to seniors. Family doctors may provide health care to the entire family.
- Pediatricians are doctors who specialize in caring for children. They are trained to diagnose and treat children, whether it is a minor illness or a more serious medical problem. Pediatricians also provide well-child visits for the health care of infants, children, teenagers and young adults.
- Internal Medicine Doctors provide medical care exclusively for adults. Also known as internists, they diagnose and provide treatment for adults.
- Family Nurse Practitioners are registered nurses with specialized training to deliver care that is focused on the family. They diagnose illnesses, preform exams and even prescribe medicine. In addition to working in primary care practices alongside family docs, they also may work in specialty areas, such as cancer care, heart care or pain management.
Our Approach to Care
From newborns to grandparents, all ages and every generation can receive quality health care. Our providers get to know patients as people. They focus on your overall health, not just on a single problem or illness. They order the tests you need, make sure you get the right prescriptions, and refer you to a specialist as needed. If you have a question about your health, talk to your primary care provider first.