What We Do: Medical Problems Suitable for an Urgent Care Center: Urgent care centers focus on minor medical problems. They serve a supplementary role for both the patient and other community physicians. Patients are seen and referred back to their primary care physicians. people face as an episode a few times a year such as colds, cuts, and coughs, vomiting and diarrhea, possible bladder infections, simple sprains and strains and minor fractures of the arms and hands and lower legs, and dislocations. Other services often include on-the-job injuries/illnesses, employment, sports, and school physicals, vaccinations, drug screening, pregnancy testing, HIV testing, with general X-ray capabilities. Laboratory tests are generally limited to tests used in the urgent care setting. Urgent care centers generally don’t provide ongoing continuous care nor do they replace the role of a primary physician.
What We Don’t Do: Medical Problems Not Suitable for an Urgent Care Center: Although urgent care centers are attractive it must be emphasized that they are not suitable for all medical problems. Rather, they focus on minor medical conditions. For true emergencies such as chest pain and possible heart attack, strokes, head injuries, loss of consciousness, severe abdominal pains, obstetric problems, severe vehicle accidents or other serious matters; your hospital emergency department is where to go without exception. Also patients with multiple medical conditions and complexities are usually better served by going to a hospital emergency department. The urgent care centers are simply not staffed or equipped to handle these kinds of medical problems or patients with complex problems. And, urgent care centers don’t typically provide ongoing continuous care for chronic medical conditions such as pain syndromes including arthritis, fibromyalgia, or migraine headache syndromes, diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure. A primary physician and/or pain specialist is still your best choice usually for these conditions. However, exceptions for even these non-emergent conditions are sometimes made when the visit can be kept brief for the sake of all other patients who are waiting to see the provider for rapid care.