UW Medicine offers comprehensive, coordinated primary care at all stages of life for the entire family in 37 locations throughout the Puget Sound region. Different types of UW Medicine healthcare professionals are trained to provide you and your family with primary care, including family practice, internal medicine, pediatrics, women’s health (OB/GYN), nurse practitioner and physician assistant services.
At UW Medicine, our board-certified primary care physicians provide the following range of services:
• Annual check-ups and complete physicals
• Care for acute illnesses such as coughs, colds, flus and infections
• Care for chronic conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease
• Screening and lab tests
• Care for sprains, strains and musculoskeletal pain, including backache
• Preventive healthcare such as immunizations
• Routine gynecological services and obstetrical care
• Integrated behavioral health services
• Treatment of skin problems such as rashes, acne and warts
• Radiology, labs and other diagnostic services
A primary care physician is a physician with a broad background in medicine who is trained to identify and treat a wide range of health concerns. At UW Medicine, we deliver patient- and family-centered care, where the patient’s unique circumstances inform every aspect of care, and patients are supported and empowered to collaborate with their physicians. Through preventive care services, early disease detection and referral to our wide network of specialists, your primary care physician provides a continuum of care tailored to your individual health needs. Your primary care physician is your partner in building a solid foundation for your health.
Our primary care physicians encourage the active involvement of patients in their own healthcare—giving you the guidance you need to stay healthy by improving your overall health and preventing disease from developing in the first place. Your primary care physician will take the time to educate you on the best health practices so that you can take an active role in your own self-care. He or she will treat illness and injury when it’s needed, and also administer wellness checks and preventive care that includes immunizations and screening tests. Your primary care provider is also trained to identify those changes in your health that should be referred to a specialist. He will refer you to a specialist he knows and trusts, and help you to navigate the healthcare system to your best advantage. The long-term relationship you establish enables your primary care physician to provide coordinated and comprehensive care for you in all stages of your life, and eases the anxiety that can sometimes accompany visits to the doctor.
Your primary care physician is your advocate—providing you with education, guidance and access to the healthcare resources you need to make the healthcare choices that are right for you.