Va Clinic in Goldsboro, NC

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1. Department of Veterans Affairs

2610 Hospital RdGoldsboro, NC 27534

(919) 731-4809

Horrible experiences. The Va dr prescribed medication that is wrong from what I was receiving g through active duty. When asked about it, was told I…

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2. Veterans Affairs Department

113 Nash St EWilson, NC 27893

(252) 237-2422
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3. Veterans Affairs Department - CLOSED

1901 Tarboro St SW Ste 208Wilson, NC 27893

(252) 237-2422
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Immediate Care Of Goldsboro
Michael G. rated

As much as Dr's preach about stopping smoking, this facility refused to write a prescription for Chantix.They lost out on 40 dollars as well as any future visits from me.

Poole Daniel
Melinda C. rated

Excellent dr. He sees my 25 yr old and 18 yr old. He has been their dr. since they were 14. He is wonderful, I highly recommend! They both have JME.

Adams Van L MD
Rebecca S. rated

I have been seeing Dr. Adams since he came to Goldsboro. I find him and his staff to be very kind and caring.

Adams Van L MD
Taylor B. rated

Dr. Adams and his receptionist were discussing a patient very loudly outside of my door as I was waiting to be seen. They used her full name, discussed her medical condition, and talked about her in a negative way. I asked him about this and he was very rude to me the whole appointment. At the end of the appt. when I tried to inquire about a controversial medication I am using, he started YELLING at me and personally attacking me, although I did nothing but try to defend myself, since I was very confused where this was coming from. He made comments such as "I'm glad you don't teach my children" and "you are not welcome back here." This was my first appt. there. I have never been treated so poorly in my life. Not only did he violate another patient's privacy, he was also rude and unprofessional. I would NOT recommend him to anyone I know.

Motaparthy, V C MD
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There have been rude staff, lo...

There have been rude staff, long (over 1 hour) waits on three occasions. I walked out two times and rescheduled but that seems to be the way of the office no matter what hour I go. Dr Motoparthy did my colonoscopy at the hospital. The anesthesia did not work and I was awake and in severe pain throughout the procedure. I kept telling him to stop but he would stop for a short time and start up again. The nursing staff were visibly concerned. I don't think he knew what to do because he is used to having a nurse anesthetist do anesthesia in his office and my insurance wouldn't pay to do it there. He didn't try to comfort me or seem like he cared. He knew I was so mad at him, that he didn't make me a follow up office visit and sent the report to my primary care MD. I will never go to him again. I found out there was another gastroenterologist in town now. It was very traumatic.

Long, Ronald M MD
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The business is called Goldsbo...

The business is called Goldsboro Pain Medicine and AKA Eastern Regional Pain Center. The only reason I give this office 4 stars is because of PA Chris Farmer, who does the pain clinic side of the business. The whole place is clean. The wait is fairly brief. You get weighed for some reason, then blood pressure. He spends a good amount of time with you and asks you how you are doing and if the medicine is working, need for refills. He is pleasant, seems caring and knowledgeable. Dr Long seems rather high strung. He asks you questions but doesn't appear to listen. I feel like I'm being herded in and out as fast as possible. He gives the spinal injections and maybe other areas, which I find very painful, and most often not of much help. I told him on initial interview that I had fibromyalgia. I perceive pain worse than most people. He finally said, after one extremely painful session, "I think you should see a rheumatologist, I think you have fibromialgia." I told him I already had that diagnosis. Everyone agreed further injections would not be in my best interest, so I don't see him anymore. If he were a little less hurried the injections may be less painful and work better. Can't say for sure. The front office staff are pleasant to some people and matter-o-fact to others. When I am in pain I would like to see a pleasant smile greet me. Since I require narcotics, I'm required to get a urine drug screen every 3 months. Maybe in the future it may decrease. They cost retail almost $900 from Lab Corp. I'm thankful I have insurance but I still have to pay my Co-Pay. It ads up on a small budget. If all the staff were more friendly and pleasant I would give 5 stars. They are closed on Fridays and if you need a prescription you must ask two days prior to pickup (why?), That means on Mondays and Tuesdays only, or Wednesday and Thursday for Monday, unless it's a holiday. Go figure. They try accommodate special needs but will chastise you.

Immediate Care Of Goldsboro
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Although I had very little wai...

Although I had very little wait, I feel I get far better care, understanding and compassion from my primary care doctor, and it is cheaper with my insurance. I felt it a waste of time going there except I received a tetanus shot and an EKG. On the few times I have been there it's been possibly "urgent", once, at night or on a week-end, and I saw a PA (who seems fresh out of school). I pay the same regardless, and I'm charged for a "specialist" office visit plus an "after hours" charge. I'm thankful to have insurance. At least it wasn't an "ER Co Pay," with a 4-6 hour wait like at the ER. I by chance learned they owed me a $35 credit from improper billing from a prior visit after I asked them for a copy of my encounter form. When I asked why they didn't deduct that amount at that office visit I was told they usually give it back after 3 months. Well it had been over 5 months since I last saw them. I had just paid them $40 and requested a return of the money. I was told a doctor had to authorize it first then it would be sent within the next few weeks. I said Oh no! I want it this week if I have to come and get it. They expected payment at the time of the exam. I deserved repayment sooner than their policy. Three days later they called me saying a check was ready and they would mail it, I said no I would come and get it just in case it "got lost in the mail." Had I not noticed the credit, I don't know when I may have seen the refund. People...be sure to read your encounter forms no matter where you go, and ask questions if you don't understand something.

Did You Know?

Physicians and surgeons help to keep people - from infants to the elderly - as healthy as possible. These individuals provide diagnoses and treatments for a wide variety of ailments, and preventative care and early detection for more serious illnesses. Whether you love or hate going to the doctor, the fact is your physician is there to listen to your health concerns, take preventative measures against diseases and advise you on your options for staying in tip-top shape.

In 2013, there were more than 1 million doctors of medicine in the U.S., over 854,000 of which were active. Additionally, in 2012, there were about 18,000 active general surgeons in the country. It's important to know which type of physician or surgeon you need, how to choose the best one, and account for other considerations in order to stay healthy.

Different Types of Physicians

Patients can choose from a wide variety of physicians depending on doctor specialty and what problems they are experiencing. Here are a few of the most common types of physicians that you may see in your lifetime:

General Practitioner
Your GP is the doctor that you go to for regular checkups, vaccines and to identify health issues. GPs can treat many different illnesses and injuries, from the common cold to a broken arm. If your health requires a second opinion or expert care, the GP will refer you to a specialist who has the skills to focus in on the issue.

Cardiologist
Heart attacks and heart disease are some of the most common afflictions seen across the country, making cardiologists important to your long-term health. These physicians specialize in studying and treating the heart and related diseases.

Dentist
Other than a GP, the dentist is likely the most common physician you'll ever see. These professionals work with the human mouth, ensuring that your teeth and gum health are up to par. Patients typically go to the dentist twice a year.

Dermatologist
Dermatologists are focused on skin-related issues and diseases, from skin cancers, to acute acne, eczema, psoriasis, and general cosmetic concerns like aging and scars. Most will also perform annual or semi-annual mole checks to screen for any signs of melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer.

ENT
If you have a number of sinus infections or have had your tonsils taken out, you've likely seen an ENT specialist. ENTs handle ailments related to the ear, nose and throat, often related to taking out tonsils and treating hearing issues.

OB/GYN
For many women, their gynecologist and obstetrician are the same person. These professionals work with the female reproductive system to focus on reproductive health, fertility issues, prenatal care, options for new and expectant mothers, neonatal care and childbirth. OB/GYNs can also help in the early detection of breast or cervical cancer.

Choosing a Physician

There are obviously a number of physicians that you can choose from, but how do you know if they're the best choice for you? Here are a few considerations to help you pick a physician:

Look at Your Insurance
Before you get down to the details, you need to verify which doctors are covered by your insurance and whether they are in or out of your carrier's network. Rates may be cheaper if the doc is in network – a doctor can be covered by your insurance but not necessarily in network. Out of network is typically more expensive. Doctors often add and drop plans, so it's important to ensure that your options are compatible with your insurance plan. Doing your homework will help you avoid unexpected expenses. 

Check for Board Certification
Your physician should be certified through the American Board of Medical Specialties. Doctors must earn a medical degree from a qualified school, complete three to seven years of residency training, be licensed by a state medical board and pass one or more ABMS exams to be certified.

Examine the Reviews
Reviews of a doctor can reveal a lot about what your experience may be like. People may grade on staff friendliness, availability and effectiveness of treatment. Looking at these evaluations and getting recommendations from family and friends can direct you toward a physician for your needs.

Choosing a Surgeon

Surgeons can literally hold your life in their hands, and it's important to find the best one that can put you at ease and treat you effectively

Compatibility Factor
You need to feel comfortable with your surgeon. It's important to communicate your concerns and that your surgeon can respond adequately. Surgeons should be willing to go over the details of your procedure and answer any questions that you may have. They must take the time to discuss and address your worries.

Expertise Level
If you're going in for surgery, you want someone that knows what they're doing and has a high success rate. Ask how often the surgeon performs this surgery and try to find one that regularly does it. This will give you peace of mind that you're in capable hands.

Understanding Your Insurance

Your decision on a physician or surgeon can be majorly affected by the insurance plan you have. You may have insurance through employment, your spouse, your parents if you're under 26, or the marketplace if the previous options don't apply to you. It's important to understand how your insurance works to have the full picture of what you'll need to pay for.

Your insurance will have a deductible, which is the amount that you're responsible to pay for covered medical expenses. Some plans have coinsurances, where you must pay a certain percentage of the bill, and insurance will cover the rest. Co-pays state a flat rate for certain services, like paying $20 when you visit your GP or a $100 co-pay for an emergency room visit. Once you reach your out-of-pocket maximum, which will differ if you're an individual or within a family plan, your insurance may pay for 100 percent of covered medical expenses for the rest of the plan year.

If you plan to go to the doctor, need medication or have been recommended for surgery, call your insurance provider or go online to see what your plan covers. You can choose the best doctor for your needs, understand your options and prevent yourself from being blindsided by medical expenses.

Setting Your Appointment

Most doctors require a phone call for an appointment, although some may provide online scheduling as well. Be sure to have your insurance card with you when you set an appointment, and to bring it with you to the actual appointment. They need the ID numbers to verify your coverage, and will usually make a copy of the card for their files so you don't have to show it again unless your insurance changes.

When you call, let them know if you're a new patient, as this will require you to complete some paperwork for your first visit. Tell them the reason for your visit, such as your symptoms if you're feeling sick. It's also important to inform them if you have Medicaid and to find out if you need to bring anything to the visit, like current medications or medical records.

From here, the receptionist will likely ask what dates and times work best for you. During your call, it's important to be honest about your symptoms and the reason for your visit. This information will help the doctor treat you and give him or her an idea of what to expect. Your appointment may progress faster as a result, and the doctor can come prepared with a list of options to better care for you.

Risks

Doctors see a number of patients in a day, sometimes in 15-minute increments in areas where the physicians are in high demand. This can leave little time for doctors to perform thorough examinations, and they can end up missing certain problem indicators. While some problems, like a cold or flu, can be diagnosed in this time, more complex ailments require attention, which takes up time. Reviews can illuminate which doctors actively spend the necessary time with their patients and which ones are pressed against the clock to meet demand.

Surgery has some more dire risks attached to it, so be sure to talk to your surgeon about the potential issues that can come up as a result of your procedure. If a patient has a reaction to anesthesia, it can cause very serious complications, but this is an uncommon occurrence. Blood clots can be a significant problem after surgery, often caused by inactivity during recovery. Infections, numbness, scarring, swelling and death are all possible, but the likelihood of these issues will vary depending on the type of surgery you're undergoing. Talk to your doctor about your concerns and your risk potential.

Aftercare

Surgery affects people in different ways, but as you begin to emerge from anesthesia, you'll want to alert your nurse to any issues you may have. The nurse will tell you how the procedure went, what effect it will have on your condition, what to expect when you get home and how long it will take to get back to normal. If you start feeling pain, the nurse may give you medication to stop it from getting worse. When possible, it's also advised to move around to avoid blood clots from developing in your legs. This can be as simple as occasionally flexing your knee or rotating your foot. 

Some surgeries are outpatient procedures, where people are released the same day. For major surgeries, patients may stay at the hospital for a few days to be monitored and address any concerns before being sent home. Discuss with your surgeon the projected length of the hospital stay and what you need to bring.

Recovery and Follow-up

Your recovery time and follow-up expectations will vary depending on your procedure. For example, you can be expected to be on your feet within a few days of having your wisdom teeth taken out, but it may be weeks before you have fully recovered from a broken foot or heart-valve surgery. Your surgeon will give you a list of things that you'll need to do during this time, including what medications to take and when you'll be able to get back to work and other activities.

Every surgery will have a follow-up call or appointment to discuss your recovery and allow you to ask any questions about unusual symptoms or changes in your overall health. If you have a major operation, like heart surgery, it's important to make regular checkups with your doctor or a specialist to ensure that everything is normal. Visiting a doctor will help deter infection and verify that everything is healing as expected. These appointments will give you peace of mind about your state of health and ensure that any issues are caught early on.