In each of these scenarios, you should probably go to an urgent care center. Although an urgent care center is not a substitute for your primary care physician, it serves a distinct and useful purpose in the overall landscape of health care options.
How many times have you been injured or fallen ill, but your primary care doctor’s office is closed, or they have no time to see you that day? Often, in that situation, your physician may recommend that you go to an urgent care center for immediate treatment.
Urgent care centers are staffed by medical professionals trained to diagnose and treat acute illnesses and injuries, as well as helping patients manage chronic medical conditions.
A board-certified physician should always be on staff, overseeing and supervising the rest of the medical team in an Urgent Care center. Physician assistants, nurse practitioners, phlebotomists and licensed practical nurses are just some of the additional healthcare professionals you may find at these centers.
Medical Services Provided by Urgent Care Centers
These are just some of the services provided, and conditions treated, at urgent care centers:
· Basic X-rays and laboratory tests
· Pre-employment physicals
· Worker’s compensation examinations
· Vaccinations and injections
· Fever, colds, and flu
· Diabetes management
· Cholesterol and blood pressure monitoring
· Asthma and allergy management
· Simple fractures and broken bones (where the bone is not protruding)
· Most simple lacerations (where you cannot see the bone, where no tendon has been cut, and there is no risk of losing a limb)
· Sprains and strains
· IV fluids for dehydration
· Skin conditions (rashes, etc.)
Urgent care centers are open extended hours and on weekends …and, often on holidays. Those are all times when your regular physician will probably not be available. Lastly, there are fewer primary care physicians in the U.S. As a result, getting an appointment with one may be difficult, and the wait time could be long. Here again, an urgent care center can fill your need for immediate medical attention for acute illnesses and minor injuries.
When you are in the Fairless Hills area of Pennsylvania, and in need of urgent care, stop by the Patient Care Now urgent care center. Their new facility located at 541 S. Oxford Valley Road, Fairless Hills, PA, is open Monday through Friday, from 8:00am to 8:00pm, and Saturdays and Sundays, from 8:00am – 6:00pm. Owned and operated by board-certified emergency medical providers with more than 20 years of experience, Patient Care Now Urgent Care offers immediate, expert care for illnesses and injuries.