Your doctors and nurses are always available to offer medical guidance, but ultimately, you are in charge of your own healthcare. At Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center, we are a team of dedicated doctors and nurses who live and work in the same community as our patients. As your neighbors in Thousand Oaks, we genuinely want to help you live life well. Our hospital gives you the tools, resources and superior patient education you need to make smart decisions for your healthcare.
Choosing a hospital
Watch this featured video to hear from an administrator at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center. He explains some of the factors you might consider when choosing a hospital. It’s always a smart idea to research the hospital’s patient satisfaction and patient safety scores, for instance.
You could also take a look at the support services the hospital offers and the medical specialties available. If you have a heart condition, you’ll probably want to choose a hospital with an outstanding reputation for cardiology services.
Choosing a primary care physician
It’s important to establish a long-term relationship with a primary care physician with whom you feel comfortable. When you feel confident with your choice of doctor , you may be more willing to discuss the sensitive, personal information that will inform your treatment plan.
Your family physician will also track your health changes over time, coordinate your care and provide referrals when needed.
Being a proactive patient
A proactive patient is one who seeks health information, asks questions and, in general, takes an active role in his or her healthcare. If you have a medical condition, you can proactively work with your doctor to ensure your treatment plan suits your needs.
Even for those who are generally healthy, being a proactive patient is important. It means you’re willing to assess your lifestyle, make changes if needed and remain alert to changes in your health.
For comprehensive healthcare in every stage of life, you can count on the highly skilled providers at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center in Thousand Oaks. We are leading providers of emergency care, cardiology services, neuroscience and surgery. Learn more about our uncompromising commitment to quality care on our website or by calling a nurse at (877) 888-5746.
Mental Health Month has been observed in May for nearly 70 years. It aims to raise awareness about the prevalence and signs of mental health disorders, and to eliminate the associated stigma. If you’re concerned about your mental health , you should know that you’re not alone. There are effective treatments available, and your doctor can customize a treatment plan that’s right for you. At Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, your health and quality of life are our highest priorities.
Move past the mental health stigma
Mental health stigma doesn’t only affect people who have already been diagnosed. It also affects those who experience symptoms, but haven’t sought help yet. Many people hesitate to talk to a doctor about their symptoms because they worry that their family and acquaintances will treat them differently.
It isn’t possible to control the reactions of other people, but there’s a simple solution to this conundrum: Exercise your right to patient confidentiality. What you discuss with your doctor doesn’t leave the exam room.
Confront your fears about seeking treatment
The misconceptions about mental healthcare are another reason why some people are reluctant to seek help. Some people worry that they’ll be locked away in a mental institution, while others don’t like the idea of being on medications for the rest of their lives.
Fortunately, these myths are exactly that—myths. Your doctor is there to help you, not to force treatment on you that you don’t want.
Your doctor genuinely wants to help you enjoy quality of life and good mental health. You can rest assured that you’ll receive personalized treatment recommendations, but that it’s entirely your decision whether to use any of them.
Talk to your family physician
Some people receive mental health counseling through psychologists or psychiatrists, while others prefer to work directly with a trusted family physician. Even if you do decide to see a mental health specialist, your journey toward better mental health will likely begin with your family physician.
When you go to your first appointment, bring a list of your challenges and symptoms. Expect to fill out a brief questionnaire and to have a no-pressure discussion about what you’ve been experiencing. Chances are, you’ll feel considerable relief just for taking this important first step.
At Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center, we firmly believe in treating every patient with the respect and compassion he or she deserves. Our hospital in Thousand Oaks excels at providing patient-centered, personalized care that helps our valued patients live life well. You can get in touch with a friendly member of our nursing staff by calling (877) 888-5746.
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