Urgent care clinics such as Premier Urgent Care, are staffed by the same qualified doctors, nurses, and other knowledgeable medical professionals you would see in emergency rooms and private clinics. However, how do you know when you should visit an urgent care center instead of emergency room or other medical facility? Below is the answer to the common question, “What does an urgent care treat and what medical services do they provide?”
Services Offered in Urgent Care Centers
Generally, urgent care centers provide services and treat conditions that are not life-threatening, but also cannot wait for a doctor’s appointment. Urgent care clinics are staffed by doctors, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners, and generally have the equipment to perform x-ray and urine exams, as well as blood work. These facilities generally do not have the resources to treat potentially life-threatening symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, or slurred speech.
Specifically, the professional medical staff at Premier Urgent Care treats the following conditions:
- Abrasions (scrapes)
- Broken bones and fractures
- Ear infections
- Influenza (the flu)
- Lacerations (cuts) that require stitches
- Minor burns
- Pink Eye
- Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)
- Sore and strep throat
- And much more.
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Premier Urgent Care also offers occupational health services, which are specifically aimed at employees in a workplace.
When to Visit an Urgent Care Clinic
Urgent care centers provide a wide variety of services and treatments for several conditions. Generally, patients go to these facilities to treat acute – but not life-threatening – conditions that need immediate attention. There are also other situations that might require you to visit these centers.
- Affordability. Urgent care facilities usually accept the same insurance plans that primary care clinics do. In addition, they also are a more affordable option for mild and moderate conditions that require immediate treatment compared to emergency room visits. This is a strong benefit for uninsured patients.
- After-Hours Care. Conditions sometimes develop at the most inconvenient times, specifically when your primary care clinic is closed. Urgent care centers are typically open from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm and sometimes operate on weekends, which is a wider availability not found in primary care centers.
- Need for Primary Care Services. Urgent care centers provide several functions that primary care locations do, but with greater accessibility. Some of these services include exams and testing, stiches, basic shots, prescription renewals, and treatment of minor illnesses.
Learn more about different types of health facilities, such as urgent care clinics, to help you decide which facility can best treat your condition at the appropriate time and with the right resources.
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