Time to think about scheduling physicals! Area public schools require students to have a an up-to-date physical on file with the nurse, dated no earlier than one year prior to beginning at that school. Schools with athletics programs require that athletes have an up-to-date physical on file with the school nurse before they can participate in any sport. Every August, as sports schedules and tryouts are announced, and 6th and 9th graders enter new schools, families scramble for appointments and endure weeks-long waits for a physical with their primary caregiver. At Megunticook Family Medicine, our Direct Care practice has appointments available now! Patients who enroll at Megunticook Family Medicine have an annual physical included with their membership fee, and our convenient office hours ensure our patient athletes will not miss a minute on the pitch, course or playing field.
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This is also time for children with asthma to review their asthma action plan with their physician. Children who will need asthma medication available during the school day should discuss their action plan with their primary caregiver and provide that plan, with any medications, to the school nurse. Scheduling an appointment and preparing the plan before school begins will provide a smooth transition and familiarize the student with their nursing office, particularly if they are new to the school.