PAP SMEAR: TEST LOOKS FOR PRESENCE OF PRECANCEROUS CELLS

A Pap smear is a procedure that screens for cervical cancer. Most women should start getting Pap smears at age 21 years and every three years after. It should be a part of your annual physical exam. The test looks for the presence of precancerous or cancerous cells on the cervix, the opening of the uterus or womb. During the procedure, cells from the cervix are scraped away. It is not painful and takes less than 10 minutes to complete. You may bleed a little after the test is completed.

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WHAT IS A MEDICARE WELLNESS EXAM?

A Medicare Wellness Exam is a preventative screening visit your provider wants you to have once a year. This visit is free and is separate from your annual physical exam (if your plan covers annual physicals). Traditional Medicare does not pay for a physical – it only covers a Wellness Exam.  What is a Wellness Exam? The visit is covered once every 12 months (11 full months must have passed since your last visit). It is designed to help prevent disease and disability based on your current health....

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ORAL HERPES

Oral herpes is an infection caused by a specific type of the herpes simplex virus. This condition, also called HSV-1 or sometimes cold sores or fever blisters, creates painful sores on your lips, gums and tongue, as well as the roof of your mouth and sometimes the inside of your cheeks. It may even affect your nose and chin. Symptoms of oral herpes include swelling in the lymph nodes, fever, tiredness and aching muscles. While the initial infection with oral herpes occurs most often in children ages 1-2 years, ….

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FAMILY PRACTICE ASSOCIATES OPENS NEW OFFICE AT BRANNON CROSSING

Family Practice Associates is excited to share information about the many changes coming in 2020. As an independently owned practice, our group is constantly evaluating new ways to deliver high-quality, cost-effective healthcare to our patients and to improve outcomes, making you healthier and happier.


FPA will open its newest office on Feb. 3, 2020 in Nicholasville at 615 East Brannon Road, Ste. 100. Our Hamburg location at 1775 Alysheba Way will remain open. Our Harrodsburg Road location will close at the end of January and its operations will be consolidated into the new Brannon Crossing location. This will allow us to have two similar-sized offices on both ends of our community for convenient access.


These providers will have office hours at Brannon Crossing, either exclusively or on a rotating basis:


We will be relocating some administrative services from the Hamburg office to Brannon Crossing. Patient services, such as the on-site lab, nurse visits for injections and Medicare Wellness visits, will be offered at both locations. Certain services may be available at only one location. Our main telephone number will not change: (859) 278-5007. Please be sure to specify your location and provider preference when scheduling. We will do our best to accommodate you.


We will answer our telephones from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. beginning in March. We will continue to have a provider on call every night for emergencies or urgent issues. We will continue to offer evening hours Monday through Friday until 7 p.m. at the Hamburg location and Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursday at the Brannon Crossing location until 7 p.m. We hope our evening hours will make it more convenient for patients to be seen on their own schedules and help our patients save costly trips to the ER or an Urgent Treatment Center. Please call our office first before going to either of these facilities. Our providers believe continuity of care is much better if our patients are seen by one of the FPA providers whenever possible, instead of someone who does not have access to your medical information. We will continue Saturday morning hours at the Hamburg location.



We are pleased to announce Mary Oaks, PA-C, has joined our practice and will be offering same-day and walk-in appointments at the Hamburg location beginning in February. These appointments will be available daily until 8 p.m. to better accommodate our patients’ busy schedules. These appointments will be reserved for same-day or walk-in appointments for acute “sick” issues but not for routine follow-ups, refills or more serious conditions. Those should be scheduled with your regular provider. Our goal is to make access easier for our patients when scheduling same-day appointments.


FPA will offer the following additional services as a convenience to our patients and to provide better continuity of care:



Follow us on Facebook and sign up for our monthly patient E-Newsletter to receive updates on changes at FPA. Feel free to leave us a Facebook or Google review. Thank you for your support and patience during our transition. Please contact our office with any questions or send a message via your secure patient portal. Be sure to visit us online at www.fpalex.com.