Urgent care facilities are much like doctors’ offices. A true urgent care facility treats patients on a walk-in basis. Appointments are not taken and unless a genuine emergency comes through the door, patients are treated in the order they register.
When should you go to urgent care?
Urgent care facilities treat minor illness and injuries. The scope of practice ranges from sore throats, fever, headaches, flu, rash, allergic reactions, insect and animal bites, cuts, fall, sprains and more. Some even perform routine physicals. Many facilities have an X-ray machine on site and perform routine lab tests such as rapid step or urine dips.
Urgent care practices treat the immediate problem; you still need to visit your doctor for chronic conditions or routine care. Your general health matters should be directed to your physician’s office.
You should visit the emergency room for serious or potentially serious conditions. If your condition is life threat or will require intense evaluation, you should call 911 or go directly to the nearest emergency room.
How do I choose the best urgent care?
- The more experience an urgent care facility has, the better prepared they can be to handle a wide variety of injuries and illnesses.
Do urgent care centers have any accreditation or have they been surveyed?
- You can get this information from the city or town office