Urgent Care

Walk-In/Urgent Care

 

The ability of Patients First to provide immediate care for acute, non life-threatening illness and injury is a critical component of our community’s health system. Cooperation between patients, primary physicians, emergency departments and urgent care providers creates a network of health care options that puts our patients in the right place at the right time for the right level of care!

 

 

When is Urgent Care the Best Choice?

Many injuries or illnesses are treated more quickly, more economically and just as effectively at Patients First.  Not sure when you should choose urgent care over the hospital emergency room or waiting for an appointment with a physician?  Use the following list as a guideline:

  • Allergic reactions
  • Acute asthma problems
  • Mild asthma attacks
  • Bronchitis/Pneumonia
  • Sore throats
  • Skin infections and insect bites
  • Rashes
  • Minor burns
  • Laceration repair
  • Sports Injuries
  • Fractures and sprains
  • Abscess drainage
  • Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Pelvic infections
  • Eye injuries and infections
  • School, Camp, and Sports Physicals
  • Sexual Transmitted Infections

 

When is Urgent Care Not the Best Choice?

 

Remember, if you experience symptoms of a heart attack or stroke, or feel life or limb may be in danger, go directly to an ER or call 911. According to the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), you should visit the ER if you have any of the following warning signs:

  • Chest pain or pressure
  • Uncontrolled bleeding
  • Sudden or severe pain
  • Vomiting blood
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Sudden dizziness and weakness
  • Severe or persistent vomiting or diarrhea
  • Changes in mental status, such as confusion or disorientation
  • Heavy bleeding
  • Open wounds
  • Sudden change in vision
  • Chest pain
  • Sudden weakness
  • Major burns
  • Spinal injuries
  • Severe head injury
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Severe Abdominal pain

 

Urgent Care is never a substitute for Emergency Care. In the event of very serious or life-threatening illness or injury,
don’t hesitate to call 911 or go to your nearest hospital emergency room.