Fort Walton Beach Medical Center

Fort Walton Beach Medical Center is a 257-bed hospital located in Fort Walton Beach in the panhandle of Northwest Florida.

850.864.0213

Need to Find the Right Physician? We Can Help!

Maybe you’ve just moved to town. Or maybe your primary care doctor has recommended a specialist to attend to a new medical condition. How do you find the physician who’s right for you? Let us help!

Our Consult-a-Nurse Healthcare Referral is designed especially to answer health questions and give you the information you need to help make good health care decisions, including finding a doctor who meets your unique needs. You want a doctor that obviously has the right medical skills and experience, but who is also someone who makes you and your family feel comfortable and confident with the care you’ll receive.

We can give you up-to-date information on a physician’s education and training, board certifications, special clinical interests, and even their office hours and locations. And because these physicians are affiliated with our hospital, we can answer any questions you might have about services and treatments you may be receiving here. We’re a one-stop shop when it comes to giving you important health information!

Consult-a-Nurse Referral Service is available 24/7. Give us a call at 850-864-0213.


You Can Give Someone a Second Chance at Life

If you knew that you could give someone else a second chance at life after you're gone, would you do it? Most of us will nod our heads and say 'of course.' But that can only happen if we take a simple step while we're still able.

Every day about 79 people receive an organ transplant, but sadly another 21 will die while waiting for their turn because of a shortage of organs. People of all ages, races, and gender are on the list praying that their turn will come in time.

February is National Donor Month and it's aimed at reminding all of us how important it is to actively become an organ donor. It's simple. You can do it through your local DMV by designating it on your driver's license. You can tell family members so they know your wishes if they are asked to make the decision. Every state has a donor registry and you can make sure you're on it.

We all know that February 14 th is Valentine's Day, but it's also National Donor Day because it is the ultimate way you can show the love for your fellow man. Giving the gift of life is a remarkable legacy for each of us to consider.

If you are already a registered donor – thank you! If not, consider becoming one today. The life you save could be a stranger or a close family member. You'll never know, but they will.


Have a Happy Heart Month!

February is National Heart Month and we want to remind everyone that taking care of that particular organ in your body is a pretty good idea. An understatement, we know! Too many of us abuse our hearts by the way we live our lives. Not trying to get preachy but come on, it's the thing that keeps us alive!

So here are a few tips that can keep your heart beating and keep you living life the way you should:

  • First, know your risks for heart disease and stroke. If you have a family history, you may be more likely to develop cardiovascular disease. So talk to your family, and then let your doctor know if there is a history so appropriate diagnostic tests (like a stress test) can be ordered.
  • Take a healthy approach to life. Get up and get moving. Exercise works that most important muscle in our body while helping us reach and maintain a healthy weight. It also helps lower blood pressure and cholesterol.
  • Eat a colorful diet of fruits and vegetables. Push away from the chips and consciously eat healthy. Keeping a food journal is a great way to see what you're putting in your body on a daily basis. Eating good healthy food offers a plethora of benefits, decreasing risks associated with heart disease but also cancer, diabetes, and other debilitating diseases.
  • Laugh, love and live well. You've heard that saying 'it does my heart good' when referring to a positive life event. Well, it really does. Positivity and humor keep us healthy in both mind and body.

Celebrate Heart Month by taking care of yours! If you want more information on heart health, or if you need a referral to a qualified cardiologist, call our free physician referral and health information line at 850-864-0213.


Help Prevent Birth Defects - Get Healthy Before You Get Pregnant

Having a baby is the beginning of an incredible life journey. Getting your body ready and then keeping it healthy during your pregnancy is one of the best ways to help prevent birth defects and ensure the healthiest life possible for your child. While you can't prevent all birth defects, you can certainly give your baby the best chance of being born without life-long health issues.

If you are planning to get pregnant, talk to your physician about prenatal vitamins, including taking folic acid which can help prevent defects of the brain and spine. If you drink alcohol, slow down or stop now. When you drink, your baby drinks. And because it's most likely you'll be pregnant for a few weeks before you know it, changing that lifestyle habit early is a good idea. Alcohol can cause a wide range of health issues, not the least of which is a miscarriage.

It's a no-brainer to say – DON'T USE ILLICIT DRUGS! And if you use tobacco, stop. Smoking can cause premature births, low birth weight, birth defects like cleft palate and even infant death. Quitting smoking can be a challenge, but remember you are doing it for the good health of your child and yourself as the best mother you can be.

Most importantly, get regular health care throughout your pregnancy. Your obstetrician can answer questions, provide you with guidance in how to have the healthiest baby possible, and reassure you that your pregnancy is going well.

If you need a referral to a qualified obstetrician, call our free health information and physician referral line at 850-864-0213.


Be Proactive with Cervical Health

It’s the beginning of a new year and time to think about getting our health check-ups. Women in particular need to be aware of the risks associated with HPV (Human papillomavirus.) HPV is a group of viruses that infect the skin and there are over 100 different types of the virus. About 70% of women and men will be exposed to HPV during their lifetime, but in nearly 90% of those cases, the virus will be naturally eliminated from the body. So what’s the worry?

Well, some types of genital HPV are linked to abnormal cell changes on the cervix which can lead to cervical cancer. That’s why getting your check-up, which includes a Pap test, is important in order to detect the problem and get treatment. The good news is that cervical cancer is highly treatable if caught early.

Knowing that most men and women will be exposed to HPV during their lifetime is a reality that should strongly encourage everyone to take preventive measures. First, there are vaccines to help protect against HPV and discussing with your physician whether that is right for you and even your daughter is a proactive step. Definitely having Pap tests as recommended by your physician is the best way to check for the virus so that infections don’t linger and eventually cause cervical cancer.

This is an important issue for women. Most of us have already been exposed to it with no harm done. But it’s the untreated and lingering cases that can result in a life-threatening condition. Be proactive this year. Get your well woman exam, including a Pap test and that all important mammogram, and make 2015 a very happy, healthy new year.

For more information on HPV, or for a referral to a qualified physician, give us a call through Consult-a-Nurse at 850-864-0213.


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