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Why and When should I go to Urgent Care Clinic

3 Top reasons for vising an Urgent Care

If you can’t get an appointment from your doctor and you have flu or ear infection, you can visit your nearest urgent care center. Urgent cares and walk-in clinics are convenient when your primary physician is unable to offer a timely appointment.

1. Waiting Time

We all get sick and it happens outside of regular office hours. Most doctors offices closes around 5 pm, however urgent care clinics have extended hours until 9 or 10 pm. Another problem that you might face with Emergency room is the waiting time in the hospital.

2. Type of Illness

If your illness is life-threatening such cuts that bleeds a lot of severe wounds, you should definitely go to the ER. On the other hand, If your medical condition is non-life-threatening such as ear infection, headache, backache, you can visit the urgent care or open walk-in clinic near by.  Therefore, don’t go to urgent care for a life-threatening emergency.

Non life threatening illnesses:

  1.  Cold or flu
  2. Strep Throat
  3. Urinary tract infections
  4. Burns
  5. Bug stings
  6. Removing Cysts
  7. Allergic reactions.
  8. Headaches
  9. Fevers
  10. Backaches
  11. Skin Allergy

In addition, Urgent cares and walk-in clinics provide

  1. Work Physicals
  2. X-Rays & In-House Lab Testing
  3. STD tests
  4. School and sports physicals
  5. Adult vaccination
  6. Pap smears

Life Threatening illnesses

Go to the emergency room when you have a serious illness or medical condition that is life threatening and requires quick treatment or surgery.  So If you have any of the following symptoms, you need to go to the emergency room quickly

  1. Head injury
  2. Chest pain 
  3. Severe eye injury
  4. Numbness on one side
  5. Slurred speech
  6. Fainting
  7. Serious burns
  8. Concussion
  9. Broken bones and dislocated joints
  10. Seizures
  11. Difficulty breathing
  12. Severe wounds that bleeds a lot and require stitches
  13. Vaginal bleeding with pregnancy
  14. Fever with a rash

3. Emergency Rooms are Costly

Urgent Care one is definitely cheaper than an ER. An average visit to an UR can cost hundreds and sometimes thousands. However Urgent clinics average cost per visit is anywhere from $60 to $120. A visit to urgent care is less expensive than going to ER. Finally an urgent care visit is substantially cheaper than an emergency room visit.

 for more information about the difference between ER and Urgent clinic please click here. At the bottom end, Urgent Care 1 is less costly and faster alternative to the ER. Urgent Care 1 is here for you with five different locations. If your primary doctor is not available or it is difficult to get an appointment.  Call us now or ask for directions. 

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