Primary Care

When you or someone in your family gets sick, Primary Care doctors and their medical team members help patients get the care they need when they’re ill, and also provide ongoing guidance and preventive care to help them stay well.

You and your Primary Care team will monitor and track your health over time, guide you in leading a healthy lifestyle and watch for issues or changes that need to be addressed.  This team is your go-to person for anything health-related. If your provider determines that more specialized care is needed, you will work together with an Ochsner Health System specialist or other provider to ensure you get the care you need.

Your Ochsner Primary Care doctors and their team members provide:

  • Annual checkups and complete physicals
  • Treatment of acute conditions
  • Coordinated care of chronic conditions
  • Same-day or next-day appointments
  • Extended hours in most areas
  • Weekend appointments
  • Seasonal allergy treatment
  • Annual flu shots and immunizations
  • Health risk assessments
  • Self-management technology
  • And more!

Understanding the Different Types of Primary Care Physicians

Internal Medicine Physicians 

  • Caring for adults 18 years and older
  • Manage health and wellness
  • Solve complex diagnostic problems
  • Manage chronic illnesses

Family Medicine Physicians 

  • Care for the individual and entire family
  • Manage health and wellness
  • Solve complex diagnostic problems
  • Manage chronic illnesses

General Pediatricians

  • Preventive healthcare for children
  • Medical care for children who are acutely or chronically ill
  • Ochsner provides pediatric services in 27 specialties

3 convenient ways to schedule your primary care appointment:

  1. Schedule your appointment through your MyOchsner account, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  2. Call a health center near you.
  3. Call Ochsner On-Call after hours at 1-800-231-5257. Ochsner On Call is a special service that provides health education and advisory services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Registered nurses are waiting on the line to discuss your healthcare concerns and help determine if your symptoms require a visit to a physician or a trip to the emergency room. They’ll even offer appropriate self-care techniques.