What To Know Before You Go For Urgent Care

Houston Family Physicians

Urgent Care is a great and good thing. If you’re throwing up, it used to be that your only option was going to the emergency room (expensive) or waiting to see a doctor (annoying.) Now you can go to a clinic and be seen right away, without the major costs emergency room visits incur. Here’s what you should know before you go, though.

  1. Nurse Practitioners are EverywhereAlthough there are nearly 20,000 physicians currently practicing in the Urgent Care sector, it’s likely that you’ll be treated by a nurse practitioner or a physician’s assistant during your visit. These professionals will treat you with the same high-quality care you’d get from a medical doctor (MD), so there’s no need to worry about inexperience.
  2. Perfect For Minor Problems 

    If you have a non-life threatening medical issue, such as a laceration, cold, or fever, the professionals at urgent care will be able to treat it. In addition, these services are open during hours when your primary care physician’s office may not be.

  3. Go In The Week 

    Unfortunately, it’s impossible to know when medical issues will arise, but if you could choose a time to go, you should try to visit during the week. Wait times are typically shorter at this time, especially in the mid-morning and early afternoon.

  4. Urgent Care Is Not Emergency Services 

    Urgent care is not a substitute for emergency services. If you’re experiencing a life-threatening situation and need immediate medical attention, you should call emergency services right away and get yourself to the hospital.