How to Become a Primary Care Patient

Your first step toward good health is to have a primary care doctor who you can trust and is close to home. You see your primary care doctor for regular check-ups, screenings and immunizations, and also when you are not feeling well or need to be referred to a specialist.

Your primary care doctor also works with you to manage chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease and arthritis. If you have a condition that requires a specialist, your primary care doctor can help you arrange an appointment with the type of specialist you need.

We’re in your neighborhood

When you wake up not feeling well, you don’t want to drive far to see your doctor. With more than 35 outpatient medical facilities throughout Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties, there is a Henry Ford primary care physician near you who can manage your whole family’s health.

We speak your language

Henry Ford has physicians and scientists from 60 countries around the world. We believe we can provide better care when we speak to you in your language and understand your customs and beliefs. Let us help you select a primary care doctor who best fits your needs.

How to reach your primary care doctor

During office hours

When you need to schedule a routine check-up, talk to your doctor or renew a prescription, call 1-800-HENRYFORD (1-800-436-7936). You may not be able to speak to your doctor at that time, but your message will be given to the doctor and he or she will respond within 48 hours.

If you are a MyChart user, log in and send a secure message to your doctor regarding any health or medication needs. We will answer your MyChart message within 24 hours.

After office hours

You don’t get sick on a schedule. So we make it easy for you to reach the Henry Ford primary care team any time of day. If you have a non-emergency medical concern and need care after hours or on the weekend, choose from one of our convenient Same-Day Care options and feel better fast.

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If this is an emergency, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency department.

For your safety, please select a MyChart video visit on demand or call our MyCare Advice Line at 844-262-1949 before scheduling if:

  • You currently have a temperature greater than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit
  • In the past 21 days, you have been diagnosed with COVID-19
  • In the past 14 days, you have had contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19
  • You are experiencing a new loss of taste and/or sense of smell
  • If you have experienced two or more of the following symptoms in the last 3 days:
    • fever
    • chills
    • drenching sweats
    • new cough
    • shortness of breath
    • body aches
    • headache
    • sore throat
    • runny nose or nasal congestion
    • nausea/vomiting/diarrhea

Henry Ford Health System is committed to ensuring our Deaf or hard-of-hearing patients and visitors have equal access to all services. We provide the appropriate auxiliary aids and services, including qualified sign language interpreters, TTYs and other assistive listening devices, at no cost. To request assistance, call 313-916-1896 or email

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