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1. Do I need a referral?

Referrals are not necessary but are appreciated so results and summaries can be forwarded to your regular Family Physician (a small note from your family physician would suffice).

2. Would the physician at the Northeast Women's Clinic become my "regular Family Doctor"?

While most the doctors at the Northeast Women's Clinic are Family Physicians, we are not able to be your "family doctor".  All patients are encouraged to look for a regular Family Physician outside the clinic.  We are happy to provide you specific services for your female health needs, but we are unable to accept the care of patients for all your other non-female related health needs.  We hope that this way, we will be able to offer our services to as many women as possible.

3. Who can be seen at the clinic?  Do I have to be South-Asian?  Do I have to live in the N.E.?

Any girl or women who wants to address a female related health concern can be seen at the clinic.  The services are not limited to South Asians or women who live in the N.E. 

4. Do I need to make an appointment?

Booked appointments are encouraged to minimize wait times and help us better plan office flow.  We will try to accomodate walk-in requests as the schedule allows.  If a physician is already too heavily booked, we may request that walk-in patients book an appointment for a later date.

5. Are all services covered by provincial payment plans (eg. Alberta Health and Wellness)?

Not all services (eg forms, notes etc) provided at the clinic will be covered by provincial payment plans.  You will be advised if extra charges apply.  Please speak with your physician if you are concerned about charges.

6. Do you offer "complete physicals"?

Current evidence in medical literature does not support the use of routine "complete physicals" in patients without any symptoms.  We offer "Well Woman Screening Exams", for women with no symptoms/concerns who would like to review prevention and screening.  This type of visit will generally include a review of your history (including lifestyle factors, vaccinations etc), then TARGETED physical female checks based on your age.  These could include measurement of blood pressure, breast exam, pap test, and STI check.

7. What is the difference between a pap, STI check and a "Well Woman Screening Exam"?

A pap test is a screen for cervical cancer.  Current recommendations suggest that all women should have a pap test done every 3 years after 3 yearly paps are normal.  Paps should begin at age 21 or 3 years after onset of sexual activity (whichever is later).  To do a pap test, a physician will insert a speculum to see the cervix.  Some STI can also be checked using a speculum.