VANDALIA – Dr. Erin Mathews was the featured speaker at the March 10 dinner meeting of the Vandalia Lions Club. Mathews was formerly in Family Practice with Premier HealthNet in Vandalia, and now is with Kettering HealthNet in Tipp City.
A number of key points were stressed by Matthews. First, get an annual physical exam and make sure your family doctor is aware of any health issues since your last visit, such as medication changes, results of visits to any medical specialist, and test results.
Second, stay up to date on immunizations. Get a Flu shot every year, Pneumonia shot at age 65, Shingles shot after age 60, and a Tetanus shot.
Patients should also consider how serious their problem may be relative to going to a hospital emergency room, such as heart attack or stroke symptoms, or uncontrolled bleeding; going to a urgent care facility; or can it wait until the next day and see the family doctor. People need to check out their insurance coverage at urgent care facilities.
Mathews also stated that regardless of whether the family doctor is with Premier or Kettering, the patient can still go to a specialist or test site of their choice.