We moved here a few months back and don't have a doctor or anyone to go to in case of illness. Back in Texas, there were clinics everywhere that you could go get basic care, but apparently that does not exist here? I just picked my daughter up from school and apparently one of her best friends has strep throat. Fantastic...especially since we all got it on Christmas Eve last year!! I'm just wondering if anyone has any recommendations of a doctor we could all go see if need be. I don't vax and I'm 14 weeks pregnant. We are around the Menlo Park/Palo Alto/Redwood City area, but are willing to drive. Thanks!
ETA: I'm really confused about medical care here in California. Where do you go for basic care? Do you have a primary doctor or do you have to have one for you and another for your kids? I'm also really not understanding the complete lack of clinics here. We literally had one in five minutes every direction where your wait would be a maximum of 15 minutes. There were PAs attending, who could write scrips and stuff. That just simply doesn't exist here??
Andrea - Mommy to DD1 ('05), DD2 ('08), DD3 (6/17/11)
Hopefully you found a doctor if you needed one. A good starting place is Palo Alto Medical Foundation. They are on El Camino in PA, are huge and have many specialties all under one roof. You could have a pediatrician for your kids and a different general practitioner for yourself, or you could all see a family practitioner. During regular business hours, you would make an appt with your regular doctor (you would need to establish one by calling and seeing who is taking new patients) or if you need to be seen after business hours, you could go to their urgent care clinic.
What kind of "clinic" are ou looking for? There is the public health department clinic (pretty bare bones and usually for those with limited insurance options - not many around and usually with a long wait), there are urgent care clinics (not a whole lot of them, but some around, usually for pretty basic needs and after hours stuff), "clinics" inside a few drug stores like CVS (for really, really basic stuff) or a few large medical clinics like Palo Alto Med. Foundation or Menlo Medical Clinic or the doctors affiliated with Stanford Hospital and then independent doctors offices. There are tons of options for great medical care in that area (I just moved form there)! Maybe what you are looking for is just called something different here?