There are two medical facilities in Provincetown:
Outer Cape Health Services
49 Harry Kemp Way, is a not-for-profit community health center providing
a comprehensive range of primary healthcare services including urgent care,
diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic medical problems, treatment
of injuries, minor surgery, physical exams, pediatric and adolescent care,
immunizations, womens health services, and HIV services, as well as
laboratory and x-ray services.
Call 508-487-9395, and an automated answering system will direct
your call according to its urgency and need.
Provincetown Medical Group
A medical office providing a full range of medical services and family practice
at 16 Shank Painter Road. Call 508-487-3505 for an appointment. New patients are generally seen with two
days for routine care.
The importance of having status as an established patient
Both medical facilities urge visitors who come to Provincetown on a frequent
or seasonal basis to establish a patient/primary care physician relationship.
As an established patient, your access to medical services, especially in
emergencies, is vastly enhanced. Your medical records will be on file and
can be used to facilitate your care and reduce treatment delays. Primary
care physicians are available to established patients after office hours.
Both local medical facilities accept new patients who call during office
For help finding a doctor anywhere on Cape Cod call: 1-877-CAPE COD
(1-800-227-3263). This is a referral service of Cape Cod Healthcare, which
operates the two major hospitals on Cape Cod.
The nearest hospital, Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis, is operated by
Cape Cod Healthcare. Cape Cod Healthcare has a long-standing commitment
to providing emergency and hospital medical treatment to Provincetown residents
and visitors. Reputedly, the ambulance ride to Cape Cod Hospital from Provincetown
is the longest in the state of Massachusetts (typically 45-minutes in the
off-season, one hour in the summer). In response to this challenge, Cape
Cod Healthcare has established regional counsels to coordinate medical emergency
response efforts of local physicians, clinics, and rescue squads.
In contrast to the era when the ambulance to the hospital was merely transportation,
time in the ambulance today is spent preparing the patient for advanced
treatment upon hospital arrival, in some cases by-passing the emergency
room altogether. Using sophisticated diagnostic equipment and wireless communications
in the ambulance, EMTs and paramedics are not only stabilizing medical
emergences but are transmitting instantaneous diagnostic updates to medical
teams standing by at the hospital. Cape Cod Hospital has experienced dramatic
reductions in treatment delays for distant medical emergencies through this
teamwork and has become a leader in this field nation wide. Cape Cod
Hospital is listed among the 100 best hospitals in the U.S.
If you feel you are experiencing a medical emergency, DO NOT HESITATE to dial 911 in Provincetown (or anywhere on Cape Cod). Most emergency
physicians report that reasonable people know when something is terribly
wrong with their health. One of the biggest obstacles to getting emergency
treatment in time to prevent unnecessary impairment or injury or death is
the patients own denial of the emergency. Emergency physicians cite
cases where patients in need of immediate medical care at during the night
waited until regular business hours to call the rescue squad because they
didnt want to be a nuisance. EMTs advise to err on the side
of caution to give them the best chance of providing a successful outcome
for your medical emergency.
When you call 911, the highly trained professional and volunteer personnel
of the Police and Fire Departments will take control of your
medical emergency and get you the help you need. The Town of Provincetown
is justifiably proud of its medical emergency response teams. Although we
are a village of some 4,000 year-round residents, the Town Meeting knows
we must provide medical services for the needs of upwards of 60,000 people
at the height of the season. Consequently our Rescue Squad is one of