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Urgent care is a field in medicine that refers to the immediate medical provision to people diagnosed with minor or acute conditions. A person seeks urgent care when their physician or doctor is not immediately available. Urgent care is chosen when a person is suddenly afflicted with a condition and requires immediate medical attention, ideally within 24 hours. 

Urgent care centers are meant only for treating minor conditions. It is not equipped to handle chronic or life-threatening conditions. In those cases, going to a hospital or an emergency service provider is the best option. Urgent care centers are open seven days of the week, twenty-four hours. You do not require a prior appointment when you walk into an urgent care center. 

A few things to keep in mind when you walk into an urgent care center are:

  • Carry all your medical files and records with you. It is essential because each time you visit an urgent care center, the person seeing you may be different. Having your medical records with you will help your urgent care provider treat your condition quickly and efficiently. 
  • Carry a list of medications you are taking. 
  • Keep your doctor’s details with you.
  • Check with your insurance provider if your policy covers the costs of urgent care.

Who Qualifies for Urgent Care?

You will qualify for urgent care if you suffer from any of the following minor medical conditions:

  • Nausea
  • Rash
  • Diarrhea
  • Allergies
  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Infections
  • Migraine
  • Headaches
  • Lacerations
  • Sprains
  • Back pain
  • Pneumonia
  • Insect bites
  • Vomiting
  • Abscess
  • Wounds
  • Mild concussions
  • Fractures
  • Accidents
  • Vaccinations
  • Laboratory services

When Do You Need to See a Doctor?

In urgent care centers, seeing a doctor is less likely. You will get to see a medical professional who is well trained and knowledgeable in handling minor or acute conditions. If you do suffer from any of the conditions such as fever, cold, flu, headaches, nausea, vomiting, and minor fractures, the urgent care center is the right place to seek medical attention. 

Request an appointment at Apollo Spectra Hospitals, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh.

Call 18605002244 to book an appointment. 

What Are the Types of Services Provided by Urgent Care?

These include:

  • Treatment for cold and flu 
  • Treatment for stomach and ear infections
  • Treatment for minor burns
  • Treatment for minor lacerations
  • Treatment for minor fractures
  • Treatment for mild concussions
  • Health checkups for students in schools and colleges who are into sports

What Are the Benefits of Urgent Care?

There are many benefits of urgent care:

  • It relieves the pressure off emergency rooms and trauma rooms.
  • It is open every day, 24 hours.
  • They are beneficial to patients who cannot contact their physicians.
  • It also provides vaccination and laboratory services.
  • It has a faster response time than emergency rooms due to doctors attending to more critical cases.

Conclusion

Urgent care refers to immediate medical care provided for acute conditions. People go to urgent care centers when their physicians are not available and they have conditions that require treatment within 24 hours. Any condition that is life-threatening or critical is taken to the emergency room. Urgent care centers are open seven days of the week, 24 hours, and do not require a prior appointment. Urgent care centers are necessary because they provide quick medical attention that can be delayed at emergency rooms.

References

https://millenniummedicalcare.com/blog/what-kinds-of-services-are-provided-at-urgent-care/

https://aaucm.org/what-is-urgent-care-medicine/

https://www.healthline.com/health/making-urgent-care-visits-better#Tip-2:-Know-your-insurance-policy

https://www.mountsinai.org/locations/urgent-care/what-is-urgent-care

What is the difference between urgent care and emergency care?

Urgent care is given to someone who has an acute condition such as cold, flu, ear infection, nausea, vomiting, etc. Emergency care is given to a person who is diagnosed with life-threatening or critical conditions such as poisoning, chest pain, excessive bleeding.

Do I get to see a doctor in urgent care?

You may or may not get to see a doctor. You will get to see your urgent care provider who is well trained and knowledgeable to handle your conditions.

Does health insurance cover urgent care?

It depends on your insurance provider and your urgent care center.

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