The Family Medicine and Primary Care Centre provides continuous, comprehensive and holistic health care which extends beyond the treatment of diseases. All doctors have received formal training in primary care to take care of patients’ physical, social, occupational, family and emotional needs.
What is Family Medicine?
Our family doctors are dedicated to providing patients with care that is:
Family doctors provide personal health care in the context of the patient's family, work, environment and the community.
Family doctors are entrusted with the responsibility of taking care of our patients, both in sickness and in general health. This responsibility does not stop after treating one acute episode of illness. It allows for a longitudinal picture of the health of the patient to enable him/her to receive the best possible care.
Family doctors have expert knowledge covering a wide range of common medical problems and their treatment. Conditions like skin, nasal or bronchial allergies can be treated by family doctors. When specialist care in dermatology, ENT surgery or respiratory medicine is required, family doctors can refer patients to and coordinate with different specialists to provide suitable treatment to patients.
Family doctors provide "first-contact" care, serving as a point-of-entry for patients into the healthcare system. Family doctors play a vital role in the initial management of patients, directing them to the appropriate specialist and coordinating with other healthcare professionals and community services when necessary.
Illnesses not only impair our body, but also our emotions, and often times, bring anxiety. Family doctors provide care to patients by attending to their physical, social, work, family and emotional needs.
Apart from giving curative treatment to various diseases, family doctors aim to promote health and build a health-conscious community. This is achieved by educating the public on common health issues and giving appropriate advice on healthy lifestyles and anticipatory care to individuals.
Family medicine addresses the different dimensions of health problems of the community. It is crucial to integrate theories and practices in biological, clinical and behavioural sciences to provide primary and holistic care to every individual.
In recent years, as healthcare systems in different parts of the world experience enormous resource constraints in the provision of specialist care, increasing attention has been paid to the importance of primary care. Enhancing the quality of Family Medicine is the most cost-effective way to resolve our problems and gives us the best medical care in the long term.