Why and When to Use Urgent Care

Urgent Care centers, like PrimeCare Urgent Care Center located in Daytona Beach, were created with the idea of bridging the gap between using your primary physician and a trip to the emergency room. Your typical family physician might not be available when disaster strikes or your symptoms aren’t severe enough to warrant a costly trip to the emergency room. Urgent care, sometimes called immediate care, centers are built around patient convenience and are typically open for extended hours (even holidays).

Why – “No one knows you like your family doctor,” but when your primary physician is unavailable and you are in need of urgent medical attention that isn’t life-threatening, what do you do? Urgent care facilities, like PrimeCare Urgent Care Center, are there available to help you! They can handle just about anything without so much as an appointment. They accept a myriad of difference insurance companies and the quality of their care is superb. Replacing your primary care physician isn’t the goal of an urgent care center, they just want to be available when your usual doctor isn’t, or when it is impractical to be seen by him/her promptly. Not to worry though, your urgent care provider will have access to your past medical records and will update your current physician as to the treatments provided.

When – Urgent medical conditions are classified as requiring care within 24 hours (even if you could wait until your primary care physician returns, you don’t want symptoms to worsen), but are not severe enough to require a trip to the emergency room. If you are truly experiencing a life-threatening event, then you must go to an emergency room. However, most ER delays and expenses can be avoided by using an urgent care service for your less serious conditions. Some examples of such conditions include:

  • Allergic reactions
  • Asthma and breathing treatments (i.e. mild to moderate)
  • Abdominal discomfort or pain / moderate back pain / arthritis
  • Bronchitis
  • Dehydration / Vomiting / Diarrhea
  • Fever / fever / colds / cough / flu / sore throat
  • Minor broken bones and fractures / splinting
  • On-site lab testing / X-ray
  • Laceration treatment / stitching
  • Sprains and strains

If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms above and your primary health care physician is unavailable, then it would be a good idea to give an urgent care facility a try before thinking you have to go to the emergency room. A good way to tell if you need to visit your local immediate care center is if you feel your body saying, “I can’t wait, it’s urgent!” PrimeCare Urgent Care Center, located in Daytona Beach, is dedicated to providing you with the quality of care you’d expect from your family doctor, when you need it most.

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