If the problem is minor, call me first. However, if you have a life-threatening emergency, call 911 immediately – then call me. With the exception of controlled substances, most prescriptions can be ordered anywhere in the country. If you seek care at an emergency room or urgent care center out of my area, I would request that you have the doctor seeing you call me for coordination. I will be readily available for phone consultation with you and/or other healthcare personnel. If you should require hospitalization while away, at your request I will attempt to establish regular phone communication with you and your attending physician(s) to ensure continuity of care.