What to Do When a Medical Problem Calls for Urgent Care

What to Do When a Medical Problem Calls for Urgent Care

by Kassandra Silva (SU)

If you have an urgent medical situation, and you think the only option you have is going to the ER when your primary care physician isn’t available, you probably haven’t heard of urgent care clinics.

Like the ER, an urgent care clinic has highly qualified emergency physicians and nurses on staff, so the quality of care you will receive is the same—if not better. Urgent care clinics are also open seven days a week, have far shorter wait times, and charge a lot less.

Learn more about some of the specific medical problems treated at urgent care facilities, and what to expect at your visit.

Conditions and Injuries Treated at Urgent Care Clinics

Urgent care clinics accommodate patients of all ages with conditions and injuries that are non-life-threatening but still require prompt intervention. These include the following:

  • Allergy symptoms, such as hives, sneezing, and shortness of breath
  • Asthma
  • Dehydration
  • Ear infection
  • Fever, vomiting, and diarrhea
  • Migraines
  • Minor burns
  • Minor cuts and abrasions
  • Nosebleeds
  • Pink eye (conjunctivitis)
  • Upper respiratory tract infections (e.g., sore throat, common cold, cough, tonsilitis, etc.)
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Simple fractures, sprains, and strains and other types of minor injuries
  • Viral gastroenteritis (stomach flu)

What to Expect at Your Visit to an Urgent Care Clinic

Within minutes of your arrival, an urgent care staff will attend to you to gather your personal information. After you register, you will then be seen by a physician or a nurse practitioner.

The doctor will then begin their evaluation by asking you questions about the reason for your visit, your symptoms, where you are experiencing a problem, and if you have an injury, how and when you sustained it. The doctor may then order the necessary diagnostic test/s to confirm a diagnosis.

Urgent care facilities offer a variety of on-site diagnostic testing services, including X-rays, electrocardiogram (ECG), urinalysis, STD testing, and blood tests, and they perform a wide range of procedures, such as abscess incision and drainage, nebulizer treatment (for asthma), sutures and suture removal, catheter placement, among others.

Based on their findings, the doctor will then determine (and administer) the appropriate treatment. If the urgent care physician determines that your medical problem requires that you see a specialist, they will give you a referral and relay all necessary information to your primary care physician to ensure seamless ongoing care.  

Urgent Care Facility in Fairless Hills, PA

At Patient Care Now Urgent Care, our dynamic team of highly qualified healthcare professionals is always ready to meet your urgent medical needs— 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year. We constantly strive to make sure our patients are seen, treated, and discharged in the most prompt and efficient way possible.

If you have an urgent medical problem, simply walk in—no need for appointment, but if you prefer, you may use this online check-in form for your added convenience.