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What type of doctor do you need?

Your first level of contact at Loyola University Health System is your primary care physician – a doctor trained in every major area of medicine – who can care for your general health needs and those of your entire family. Primary care doctors also may specialize in a particular area such as family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, or obstetrics and gynecology and provide primary health care for people at every state of life.

When appropriate, your primary care doctor may refer you to one of our specialists. Specialists have advanced training after they graduate from medical school and are specially trained in a particular branch of medicine focusing on a narrower range of services, procedures, body systems or patients. Loyola University Health System offers specialty care in numerous areas of medicine.

Immediate care physicians treat urgent non-emergency medical needs, usually on a walk-in basis (i.e. without an appointment). Immediate care physicians are the ones to see when your medical needs cannot wait for a normal appointment with your usual physician, yet do not require the services of a hospital emergency room. Whether you are suffering from sprains, cuts and burns, sore throat or the flu, immediate care physicians can provide timely care for your urgent medical needs.

Home health care refers to medical services delivered in the home to individuals who are aged, disabled, sick or convalescent but do not require hospitalization. Home health care typically is delivered by a licensed nursing professional and may be sponsored by a variety of governmental, private or community institutions. Common types of home health care include basic nursing services, speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, homemaker services and social services.

Hospice care provides mental, physical and spiritual support for terminally ill patients and their families and helps to lessen the patient's discomfort. The word "hospice" is derived from the word for medieval way stations where crusaders stopped to be replenished and refreshed before moving on. In hospice care, the needs and concerns of the whole family are addressed, and care extends through their period of mourning.