Novant Health South Park Family Physicians also provides additional services such as travel medicine, Immunizations, bone density testing, laboratory, and X-ray services.
Travel medicine advice
Traveling outside the United States requires that the traveler plan for their potential medical needs. Exposure to disease should be avoided and the traveler should have the resources needed to cope with illnesses that may occur during travel. We offer most immunizations necessary for travel—with the exception of yellow fever—and we can advise you if that vaccine is necessary. We use the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to formulate our travel advice.
Novant Health South Park Family Physicians offers the full range of immunizations recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Immunizations needed are determined by health status, age, travel plans, or risks of exposure. The most common immunizations given are for childhood vaccines such as MMR, polio, hemophilus influenza, pneumonia, tetanus, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, meningococcal meningitis, and chicken pox.
Our laboratory work is performed primarily by Presbyterian Lab Services, although an occasional insurance plan will require the use of Lab Corp. In either event, we have a drawing station in the office where samples for testing are obtained. We can also send specimens to reference labs for specialized or unusual testing. If a test result is required immediately, then you will be sent to the lab station off the first floor lobby of our building to obtain the sample. After the sample is obtained, we will have you return to the office to wait for the results.
X-ray services are provided at several locations depending on the required device. Our referral staff can help you coordinate your appointment with the radiology service. Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center has several mammography locations available for your convenience, including one in our building. You may schedule your own appointment with them.
Bone density testing
Osteoporosis is a serious health concern for most women and occasionally for men. Known risk factors include female gender, postmenopausal status (especially if hormone replacement is not being used), small physical size (less than 126 pounds), cigarette smoking, family history of osteoporosis, ethnicity (risk increased in Caucasian and Asian women), excess alcohol intake, low levels of exercise, certain chronic illnesses or chronic medications, and a lifelong history of low calcium intake. Because osteoporosis has no symptoms until a fracture occurs, a high index of suspicion and screening testing are important to identify the disease early.