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Medical Services
WMH Family Primary Care

Our psychiatric mental health practitioners are trained to attend to mental health issues across the lifespan. They are qualified to carry out examinations and mental health assessments, diagnose psychiatric illnesses, prescribe medication based on a treatment plan that is unique to your physical health, and coordinate services for other healthcare components, including psychotherapy.

Wilmington Mental Health’s practitioners provide health care services directly to individuals being treated for or suspected of having physical or mental illnesses. Our patient care is both preventative and therapeutic in nature, consisting of direct supervision of various mental health issues to ensure the right medication is being used and to help reduce or eliminate symptoms effectively. Still, our team is deeply aware that medication treatment varies from individual to individual and requires interdisciplinary teams to work together to increase the efficacy of medication treatment.

Inclusive Care

Our team works tirelessly to give you excellent care that involves screenings and prevention, while focusing on improving your health. A variety of services are offered to our patients every single day to guarantee inclusive care, including:

  • Routine Physical Exams
  • Prescribing Necessary Medications
  • Treatment of Minor Illnesses and Injuries
  • Managing Chronic Conditions
  • Screening For Common Health Issues
  • Management of Acute Health Conditions
  • Lab Tests
  • Virtual Care
  • Better Health • Better Care • Patient Education • Health Promotion • Disease Prevention • Health Maintenance • Patient Advocacy

Coordination of Care
Treatment Management
Non-Pharmacologic Treatment
INTERVENTION
Nurse Practitioner

The Association of American Medical Colleges predicts a shortage of up to 120,000 primary care physicians within the next decade. In order to establish a stable relationship with a primary care provider for routine medical examinations, most patients have the option of consulting a nurse practitioner for primary care needs. NPs are qualified and can perform many of the same tasks conducted by medical doctors. Sometimes, opting for an NP is the convenient choice.

In order to obtain the title of a nurse practitioner, a medical student needs to earn a degree in a chosen nursing field, a license from a nursing board, and complete several thousand hours of training before the certification. NPs can also earn a board certification to provide specialty healthcare to patients, such as women's health. While this training may not be equivalent to the one a medical doctor usually has, many of the same tasks are performed by a nurse practitioner: Acting as a primary care provider  Performing diagnostic procedures and evaluations  Prescribing medications or treatment plans  Ordering lab work or blood tests for diagnostic purposes.



When and who should consider seeking medication treatment

Anyone who suffers from certain chronic conditions, genetic disorders or diseases must seek a primary evaluation and treatment from licensed and qualified medical physicians, especially when daily functions are impacted. WMH empowers and assists patients in understanding the risks of treatments prescribed and how to increase their effectiveness. On the other hand, apprehending your role in managing your medications is important for the recovery process and the overall health, as it can alarm you in case you do not experience the relief expected.

For many patients, a nurse practitioner is a practical and appropriate choice, which means that typical sick visits and appointments for common illnesses may be even more advantageous to schedule with a nurse practitioner. Usually, a doctor's busy schedule does not allow an appointment in 24 hours or less, whereas nurse practitioners are often available and can evaluate current symptoms, provide a proper diagnosis, and write a prescription with a shorter wait time. Nurse practitioners are qualified to serve as primary care providers for annual wellness checkups, which means they can perform regular checkups, prescribe necessary medications, and conduct follow-up visits for routine evaluations.

It is always recommended to schedule with the same medical provider for typical wellness needs, to maintain a level of availability and familiarity with the patient's medical history and current updates, which is often guaranteed with a nurse practitioner. In case of new symptoms or a minor condition that requires a medical evaluation, an NP can perform an examination, and order blood work or X-rays to help deliver a proper diagnosis.



HEALTHIER LOFESTYLE CHOICES
Preventative Care

At WMH, our NPs are trained in behavioral health and case management to be able to handle patient appointments, provide primary care to patients, perform initial and physical examinations, and request and administer diagnostic tests. Their experience and communication skills allow them to discuss healthy lifestyle choices with our patients, depending on their age and complete diagnostic test, to help them during the healing process. In addition, they are constantly coordinating with our mental health providers to keep the medical records updated.

Regular meetings with your primary care provider are crucial for your health, and skipping annual wellness visits is highly unadvised. A wellness exam is a type of preventative care that focuses on maintaining wellness and preventing future health problems, instead of waiting for an issue to occur. Wellness visits or exams are usually annual and generally covered by your insurance, even if it may not cover other related expenses, such as labs or tests. Insurance plans vary, but most of them pay for one wellness exam a year; do not hesitate to verify your current insurance plan and obtain any prior authorization.

While wellness exam screenings vary given your age, gender, and current condition, you may be asked to receive a screening for cholesterol, blood pressure, diabetes, mammogram, osteoporosis, STDs, or run a pap test. Target questions can focus more on your current levels of stress, physical activity, diet, or drug use such as tobacco and alcohol, in order to discuss ways to improve your overall health through a healthy lifestyle.

Examination
Psychoeducation
Women’s Reproductive Health
Diagnosis
Therapy
Vaccines/Immunizations
Routine Treatment
Prescription of Psychotropics
Illness Treatment
FIRST LINE SUPERVISION
Primary Care Treatment

The first step of the primary care treatment involves an initial evaluation of your needs for psychotropic medications, followed by the provision of a prescription, and ongoing medical monitoring.

During the assessment, a thorough review of prescribed drugs and their possible side effects will be conducted to create safe and effective treatment plans. The initial evaluations allow the identification of existing physical conditions and help create a treatment tailored to your needs. WMH teams will closely monitor the effects of the medications prescribed on your body to help you get the desired outcomes.

Annual Checkups  Prescriptions  Follow-up Visits  Routine Evaluation

HROUTINE MEDICAL EXAMINATIONS
Annual Wellness Exam

Wellness visits allow your doctor to have an update on your overall health, help guide you in the process of making better health decisions and choices that promote better health and allow preventing possible future health problems. These visits may include:

Physical examination • Checking your vitals • Checking BMI • Medical history examination • Discussion of current lifestyle and health choices • Screenings • Shots and immunizations • Establishing a health plan.


LEADERSHIP AND ACTIVISM

Community Health Advocates



Impact

  • Increased population access to primary health care
  • Cost-effective treatments and medications
  • Voice society’s pressing health issues.
  • Community leadership
  • Political health activism

Scope

  • Assessment of health status
  • Comprehensive medical evaluations
  • Identification of risk factors
  • Education and diagnosis
  • Plan of care
  • Collaboration with other professionals
  • Policy development

Skills

  • Professionalism
  • Analytical thinking / problem solving
  • Information gathering
  • Physical examination
  • Vital sign monitoring
  • Pain assessment / management
  • Interpretation of clinical findings
  • Implementation of illness prevention
  • Prescription and immunizations
TRUSTED ROLE

Fighting Stigma

The role Nurse Practitioners play in our society is essential to influence and potentially change public perception about mental illness. NPs are trusted by the general public and the new generation of nursing professionals are developing a different perspective about mental health and their mentally ill patients. Research shows that “there is a transition away from the theoretical constructs about appropriate conduct, to a new paradigm that emphasizes treating mental illness with the same empathy applied to physical conditions” (Source: Mental Health Nursing). However, the road to remove established societal disrespect toward those diagnosed with mental health symptoms is still long and we must continue our work in delivering support to those suffering from psychological conditions.


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“Wherever the art of Medicine is loved, there is also a love of Humanity. ” ― Hippocrates