Appointment Scheduling - Dr. Timothy Bowes
To help you schedule the right appointment, this booking page describes three categories of appointments:
✔ Urgent medical issues ✔ Specific non-urgent medical issues (including pap tests) ✔ Check-ups without a specific medical issue (a.k.a physicals, check-ups)
Please take a moment to scan through the options - you might need to scroll down. Choosing the right option is important to schedule you with the right clinician for the right amount of time, and to ensure we're prepped for your appointment.
OPTION 1 OF 3 …
URGENT MEDICAL ISSUE?
Your physician and clinic reserves appointments for patients with urgent, but not emergency, needs. For emergency, debilitating or rapidly changing symptoms, call 911 or visit your nearest emergency room instead. Learn more here.
NOTE: Booking an urgent appointment unnecessarily means other patients have their care delayed. In general, it is not appropriate to book an urgent appointment for:
❌Renewing long-standing medications ❌Paperwork and note requests ❌Long-standing periodic injections ❌Screening for diseases for which you have no symptoms ❌Long-standing unchanging medical symptoms
See our guide about when to book an urgent appointment here. We thank you to kindly use good judgment.
OPTION 2 OF 3 …
SPECIFIC, NON-URGENT MEDICAL ISSUE?
As we know it can sometimes be inconvenient to visit your physician in clinic, we try to offer other convenient alternatives:
✔ Your pharmacy can request a prescription refill ✔ Email in requests for sick, massage or physio notes ✔ Email us with administrative inquiries
Otherwise, choose the most applicable option below to schedule an appointment:
(please scroll down further to book physicals and check-ups ...)
(if booking a pap test, use the regular appt option above …)
OPTION 3 OF 3 …
CHECK-UP WITHOUT A SPECIFIC MEDICAL ISSUE?
(a.k.a. physicals, check-ups, periodic health exams)
Newborns need to be seen either 48 -72 hours after hospital discharge, or at the 8 week mark if they have a midwife:
Periodic appointments are recommended for infants at the 1, 2, 4, and 8 week, and the 4, 6, 9, 12, 15, and 18 month milestones:
Annual check-ups are also recommended for children and adolescents, typically starting at the 2 year mark and then every 12+ months until their 18th birthday:
Otherwise healthy adults aged 18 - 49 don’t always need annual physicals, and these check-ups can occasionally do more harm than good. Please read this Choosing Wisely Canada document for more information. If you still wish to schedule a physical, or your doctor asked you to book an annual physical, select the option below:
Finally, your physician recommends annual physicals for adults 50+, even if you are otherwise healthy. These appointments can help catch issues early: