What is a Nurse Practitioner?
Nurse Practitioners are advanced practice nurses who provide high quality healthcare services similar to those of a doctor. Nurse Practitioners diagnose and treat a wide range of health problems. They have a unique approach and stress both care and cure. Besides clinical care, Nurse Practitioners focus on health promotion, disease prevention, health education, and counseling. They help patients make wise choices about health and lifestyle. Nurse Practitioners are your partner in health.
I cannot find Southeastern Medical Clinic White Lake name on my preferred provider list on my insurance website?
Please look for Dr. F. Ray Thigpen’s name with our practice address, 1921 White Lake Drive, Elizabethtown, NC 28337. North Carolina requires Nurse Practitioners to have a collaborating physician and some insurances choose to require the bill be sent to the insurance company under that physicians name. Dr. Thigpen is our collaborating physician.
I have a question about my statement, who do I call?
Please call our office at (910) 862-6491.
Why do I have to go to the office for labs and then come back for a visit?
We find it more effective to discuss your labs with you in person. This provides us an opportunity to provide health education services along with providing your lab results.
I have an appointment for lab work in the morning, when do I stop eating and drinking?
Certain lab tests require that you be fasting to get the most accurate results. Fasting for our purposes means that you stop eating and drinking everything EXCEPT water and your medications, after 10:00 p.m., the night before the labs are to be drawn. If you are on insulin, we will discuss with you, whether the insulin you are on can be taken or not, due to fasting.
I forgot to tell you about a medication that I need refilled at my appointment. What do I do now?
Call us at (910) 862-6491 and leave a message for the nurse. Please allow up to 48 hours for us to call the refill into the pharmacy. We appreciate your planning ahead and being patient.