What Can You Get Done at Urgent Care?
When you have a health concern, it can be hard to know where to go for help. What can you get done at urgent care? When should you go to the emergency room or your primary care doctor instead?
In reality, an urgent care clinic can do many of the same things as an emergency room or doctor’s office. However, urgent care isn’t right for every situation. Let’s talk about what urgent care is and what you can get done at urgent care.
What Is Urgent Care?
Urgent care is a facility that can treat a variety of non-life-threatening but time-sensitive health conditions. Urgent care clinics can manage everything from allergies to sprains to the flu to vaccinations.
Unlike most doctors’ offices, urgent care clinics are open on evenings and weekends and don’t require appointments.
What Can You Get Done at Urgent Care?
Some of the services urgent care clinics provide include:
- Prescribing or refilling medications
- Minor injury care
- Illness treatment
- Migraine treatment
- Pediatric care
- Occupational medicine
- X-rays and other lab tests
- STD testing
- Pregnancy testing
- Blood tests
- Urine testing
- High blood pressure treatment
- Drug screening
- EKG to test heart function
Can You Get Medication at Urgent Care?
Yes, urgent care doctors can send prescriptions to your local pharmacy. Always make sure you tell the doctor about all medications you take first to avoid potentially fatal drug interactions.
Once the urgent care clinic electronically sends a prescription to your pharmacy, you can pick it up as soon as it’s ready.
When Should You Go to the Emergency Room Instead?
Urgent care clinics can’t handle everything. If you’re experiencing any of the following, you should go to the emergency room rather than urgent care:
- Anaphylactic reaction (throat closing)
- Severely broken bone
- Chest pain
- Breathing trouble
- Bleeding that won’t stop
- Severe vomiting, dizziness, or headache
- Any life-threatening emergency
- Conditions that may require hospitalization
When Should You Go to Your Primary Care Doctor Instead?
If you have a primary care doctor, it may be better to see them rather than go to urgent care. Some insurance companies charge more for urgent care than a regular doctor’s appointment. See your primary care doctor for problems like:
- Chronic health conditions like diabetes, heart failure, or high cholesterol
- Minor illnesses if you can get an appointment
- Referrals to specialists
- Overall health and wellbeing services
Urgent Care Services You Can Get Online with PlushCare
You may not need to visit an urgent care clinic or your primary care doctor in person. PlushCare can handle many of the same services as urgent care, including prescribing medications. Apart from some diagnostic tests, PlushCare can treat many conditions.
Making an appointment with PlushCare is easy. Just click here or call (888) 507-1594 any time of day or night.
At your appointment time, you’ll have a video or phone appointment with one of our trusted doctors. You’ll discuss your symptoms, medical history, and current medications. If the doctor feels that you would benefit from medication, they can electronically send a prescription to your pharmacy.
Treatment for your medical problem may be as simple as a phone or video call. Get started now by clicking here!
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