FAQ’S (Frequently Asked Questions)
- What is an internist and what is Internal Medicine?
- What is a nurse practitioner?
- What is the difference between Internal Medicine, Family Practice and General Practice?
- Are you accepting new patients?
- Do you accept male patients?
- Why should I be a patient at Bayspring?
- How do I get a medication refill?
- How do I get a copy of my medical records?
- What insurance do you take?
- Are your facilities wheelchair accessible?
1. What is an internist and what is Internal Medicine?
An internist is a physician who has completed residency training in Internal Medicine. Internal Medicine focuses on the health care needs of adults ages 18 and over. In addition to providing primary care services to adults, internists have been trained to care for critically ill patients in hospitals. They have diagnosed and treated a wide variety of medical diseases that may affect you now and as you grow older.
2. What is a nurse practitioner?
A nurse practitioner is a registered nurse who has undergone advanced formal education and training in a wide range of health care services. Nurse practitioners are skilled in physical examination and the treatment of many common primary care and gynecologic problems, both acute and chronic. They provide some of the same care as physicians including writing prescriptions and referring to specialists. They have close working relationships with physicians.
3. What is the difference between Internal Medicine, Family Practice and General Practice?
Family practice doctors receive three years of training in adult medicine, pediatrics and obstetrics/gynecology. Family practice doctors take care of families. Internal medicine doctors receive three years of training in adult medicine only; they have undergone specialized training in preventing, diagnosing and treating a wide variety of medical illnesses, including critically ill patients. General practice doctors in the past took care of all types of medical problems. General practice doctors do not have board certification in a medical specialty.
4. Are you accepting new patients?
YES, we are currently accepting new patients aged 18 and older.
5. Do you accept male patients?
YES, Bayspring is accepting new male patients and currently cares for a large panel of male patients.
6. Why should I be a patient at Bayspring?
Bayspring believes in providing the highest quality medical care in a pleasant and responsive environment. We have a diverse group of clinicians who are ready to address your needs.
7. How do I get a medication refill?
To get a refill on your medications please have your pharmacy fax us a request to (415) 674-2608. We will process your request within 48 hours of receiving the fax. Please make sure you request your medications prior to running out of them.
8. How do I get a copy of my medical records?
To obtain a copy of your medical records Bayspring requires a signed release form or letter before the request can be processed. You may fill out the request at our front desk or you may fax or mail us a brief letter. You must state that you want a copy of your records and to whom they are to be sent to in the letter, along with your full name, current address, D.O.B., daytime telephone number and legal signature. Please allow up to three weeks from the date the request is received to get records. There is a $25.00 to $35.00 charge that you will receive in the mail from our off site copying service for the copying and mailing of your records.
9. What insurance do you take?
Please see our Insurance page.
10. Are your facilities wheelchair accessible?
YES, our facilities are wheelchair accessible.