Medical Resources in Durham
If you have decided to call Durham home after a divorce, you will certainly need to be aware of the various area medical resources. If you are new to Durham, you will need to know about local practitioners such as dentists, primary care doctors, and the like. If you have children, you will need to know about local pediatricians and urgent care centers – as a newly single parent you don’t want to be frantically searching for the closest urgent care center in the middle of the night. Many recent divorcees might also be struggling with depression and in need of a therapist or support group. Whatever your medical needs, this article will provide you with relevant medical resources.
Hospitals and Urgent Care Facilities
Many would argue that Durham’s medical facilities, specifically Duke Hospital are among the best in the country. There are certainly plenty of medical resources in the Bull City that are at your disposal, here we provide information about the local hospitals; where they are located, if they specialize in particular fields, insurance information, etc.
2301 Erwin Road
Durham, NC 27710
(919) 684 – 8111
Duke Health runs an extensive network of hospitals and physician offices, however the main campus of Duke Hospital has garnered national attention. The main campus is an award-winning medical facility that also serves as an academic hospital. It has been named one of the nation’s top hospitals by U.S. News and World Report.
The services offered at Duke Hospital and it’s affiliate locations are too many too list, and people travel from all over the country to seek medical attention at Duke. Quite notably, Duke boasts an extensive list of clinical trials, where patients can gain access to new research treatments before they are widely available. Clinical trials are available to those struggling with breast cancer, lung cancer, ADHD, heart failure, infectious disease, and AIDS to name a few.
Duke accepts most insurance carriers and also offers online services that allow patients to make appointments, see lab results, and pay bills on a secure website.
508 Fulton Street
Durham, NC 27705
(919) 286 – 0411
This medical center, run by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers medical services for men and women who served our country in various capacities. If you have served in the active military, naval or air service you might qualify for VA health care benefits. You also may be eligible if you are a current or former member of the Reserves or National Guard. To find out if you are eligible, call (888) 878 – 6890.
If you are eligible to receive treatment at the VA hospital, the following is a small sampling of the medical services offered.
- Mental health services
- Occupational therapy
- Physical therapy
- Primary care
- Spinal cord and injury disease program
- Reproductive healthcare
- Management and screening of chronic conditions
In addition to the main campus located in Durham, the VA hospital provides community-based outpatient clinics in Raleigh and in Durham.
While Duke Health and the VA Hospital are the only major hospital facilities in Durham, there are plenty of other hospitals in the surrounding area:
Urgent Care Facilities
There are several urgent care or “doc in the box” facilities located around Durham as well. The links below will direct you to the locations as well as their phone numbers.
- Duke Health Urgent Care (all locations)
- FastMed Urgent Care
- Duke Urgent Care South
- Duke Urgent Care Hillandale
- Minute Clinic at CVS
Finding a Doctor (Dentists, Primary Care, and Pediatricians)
To find the right caregiver for you, first check to see which practices your insurance provider covers. If you are unsure about the reputation for a specific office or caregiver, try reading reviews online at Yelp or Google, utilize Angie’s List, or simply ask around. Often the best healthcare referrals come from people who have experienced the same health issue as you. Another great way to find a suitable physician is to ask your current physician if he recommends a particular practice or office in the Durham area.
The Bull City has many experienced physicians, dentists, orthodontists, and other healthcare professionals with offices scattered throughout the city and surrounding areas; a few of which are highlighted below.
3612 Shannon Road
Durham, NC 27707
(919) 489 – 9171
This father-and-son dental practice has been providing dental services in the Durham area for more than fifty years. They welcome patients of all ages (including children) and focus on using technology to provide the most pleasant and stress-free trip to the dentist. The services offered at Durham Dentistry include everything from a routine cleaning to same-day emergency dental care and oral surgery.
5832 Fayetteville Road
Durham, NC 27713
(919) 544 – 7777
This husband and wife dental practice can handle most basic dentistry needs. They offer cleanings and preventive services, cosmetic dentistry, diagnosis and treatment for periodontal disease, and restoration services (fillings, crowns and bridges).
8128 Renaissance Pkwy
Durham NC 27713
(919) 493 – 3355
Sunrise Dental has three locations, one in Chapel Hill, one in Durham and one in Raleigh. They can handle any general dentistry needs and also practice sedation dentistry for those who have anxiety over dental procedures.
Duke Health offers primary health care services at numerous locations scattered throughout the region. A handful of these offices are located in Durham. Because Duke Health is such an extensive network, you can easily find a primary care physician at Duke that can address your basic medical needs.
2400 Broad Street
Durham, NC 27704
(919) 220 – 9800
The doctors at Durham Family Medicine are prepared to help you with many medical services. They offer services related to chronic disease management, physical exams, skin procedures and biopsies, and even counseling and therapy among other services. This practice accepts most major insurance carriers including Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, Cigna, AARP, Humana, and others.
3612 Shannon Road
Durham, NC 27707
(919) 419 – 0242
This practice offers personalized primary care for your whole family – from children to seniors citizens. They focus on teaching about wellness and healthy lifestyles, practice preventive care, and provide services related to the treatment of various illnesses. They are also equipped to handle some same-day emergencies, can perform stitches, remove warts, and provide vaccines among many other services.
Duke Health is also an excellent resource to find a pediatrician. There are several pediatric practices associated with the Duke Health system scattered throughout the city. They can handle run-of-the-mill services like sick and well visits, physicals, and sports medicine issues. They also offer other services, like lactation specialists, a nurse advice line, and on-site mental health services.
There are two locations for this pediatrics practice, one is on Highgate Drive and the other is off of Freedom Lake Drive. They have provided pediatric care to Durham residents for more than seventy years and provide the full range of health care services. There are seven pediatricians that work out of the two office locations mentioned above.
Emotional Health Services
Often people who are experiencing a divorce find that support groups can help them through this difficult time. If you are interested in joining a support group, there are several divorce related support groups located in the Durham area.
There is also a DivorceCare and DivorceCare for kids meeting place in Durham, at Triangle Presbyterian Church. Meetings are held on Thursdays from 6:15 to 7:45 and they provide dinner for a nominal fee.
Therapy is another fantastic tool to help you get through a divorce. Separation and divorce are incredibly emotional, and even if you think you are doing fine, chances are you could still benefit from therapy. First, ask your attorney if he or she recommends a therapist who specializes in divorce. You can also ask a friend or family member for a referral or check out any of the therapists listed below.
Dr. Kuzyszyn-Jones has dedicated a portion of her practice to divorce related therapy. Her website connects you to a service she has called “divorce by design” in which she can offer both counseling and mediation to enable a smooth ending to the marriage.
This practice offers services for children as well as adults, and specializes in divorce therapy, family counseling services, and collaborative divorce. They are even equipped to help you with life-coaching and distance therapy.