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Frequently Asked Questions – Fort Sanders Women’s Specialists

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How do I contact the on-call doctor if I think I have an emergency that cannot wait until the next workday?

For most concerns, you may wait until the next day to schedule an appointment to manage your urgent needs. However, if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, please call 865-331-1122 to speak with the physician on call.

If you are pregnant and:

  • your water has broken.
  • you are beyond 20 weeks and experiencing bleeding. 
  • you are in labor.

If you have recently had surgery and:

  • you are running a fever higher than 100.4 degrees.
  • you are experiencing severe pain, persistent nausea and vomiting or heavy bleeding.

Should I go to the hospital if I bleed early in pregnancy?

Some bleeding is completely normal and is not an emergency. If you experience bleeding during the first 14 weeks of pregnancy, please call the office the next business day to talk with one of our nurses.

If I am instructed to go to the hospital, where do I go?

For life-threatening emergencies, call 911 or go to the hospital closest to you. If your situation is urgent, but not life-threatening, go to Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center at 1901 Clinch Ave., Knoxville, TN 37916, where all of our physicians have staff privileges and there will be a Fort Sanders Women’s Specialists doctor on call. The main phone number for the hospital is 865-331-1111.

Is there a way to make my office visit go faster?

Yes! Please arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled appointment and bring your photo ID and current health insurance information. On your first visit, you will be asked to fill out registration forms. You may choose to pre-register by downloading, printing and completing these forms and bringing them to your appointment. The forms are available in the Patient Information section of the Fort Sanders Women’s Specialists home page.) Completing the forms prior to your visit will help speed up the new patient registration process.

How can I make or change an appointment?

To request an appointment, please call 865-331-1122 Monday – Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment, please call at least 24 hours in advance and let us know. 

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