Urgent Care vs ER Questions and Answers
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Will Urgent Care be faster than visiting the ER?
Urgent care is intended to be a faster and less expensive alternative to the emergency room while being more convenient than potentially waiting several days to get in to see your family doctor. However, the speed of care at an urgent care clinic will be dependent on several factors that can’t be foreseen ahead of time. These factors can include the volume of patients seeking care at any given time of the day, with ebbs and flows happening throughout the day. The nature of your visit, as well as each other patient’s visits, will impact the speed of the visit. If any additional testing is required, that will add time to the visit, although most of it can probably be performed onsite to speed up the process and return of the test results. Most urgent care clinics operate on the basis of first-come, first-served medical care as opposed to a by-appointment structure or based on the severity of each case. If there aren’t any life-threatening emergencies currently in the system, patients seeking treatment through an emergency room will also be seen on the first-come, first-served system, however life-threatening and emergency cases will be escalated to the top of the line for immediate treatment, bumping all minor cases to the bottom of the list. Due to the complex nature of these emergency cases, patients with minor ailments often end up in the waiting room for several hours while doctors focus on the dire situation at hand.
What are the differences between urgent care and emergency care?
Urgent care provides diagnosis and treatment for any illness or injury that is not life-threatening, which allows the emergency room to have capacity to focus on life-threatening cases, as well as patients with complex or pre-existing medical conditions that can complicate treatment. Urgent care has staff on hand to treat all ages of patients for a wide range of ailments such as cough, sore throat, flu, cuts, ear infections, urinary infections, sprains, strains, bruises, simple fractures, headaches and many other conditions that are mild to moderate in severity. Most urgent care clinics provide onsite laboratory and x-ray services, so that the doctors can diagnose conditions while the patient is in their care. Urgent care clinics are open extended hours so that patients can seek treatment outside of work hours or with minimal disruption to their workday, including on the weekend when family doctors aren’t available. Emergency care should be sought out when needed for life-saving treatment of critical or complex medical conditions as emergency rooms are set up to provide treatment to patients in dire situations where immediate treatment can mean the difference between life and death. Hospitals are equipped with all required diagnostic testing options, as well as specialized doctors and surgeons either onsite or on-call, depending on the time of day, to ensure they are able to provide life-saving treatment as needed.
Is it better to go to urgent care or ER?
Going to urgent care or the emergency room for medical attention will be dependent on what you are seeking treatment for. Life-threatening illnesses or injuries must always go directly to the nearest emergency room where they are equipped to deal with emergencies and provide life-saving treatment. Urgent care can be used for any and all treatments that are not life-threatening. They have highly trained doctors on staff who are well-versed in medical conditions that affect patients of all ages and genders, from ear infections and sore throats to sprains and fractures, as well as physical exams and sexually transmitted disease testing. AFC Urgent Care Phoenixville is conveniently open seven days a week, including evenings and weekends, to work with our patient’s schedules and enable them to seek medical care when it works for them. We offer onsite laboratory and x-ray services, so you know that you will receive the tests needed based on your symptoms to accurately diagnose your illness or injury and provide the necessary treatment to get you back to feeling your best, without creating a backlog in the emergency room.
What are some benefits I can expect from going to urgent care instead of an ER?
The idea around urgent care is to provide an easy, convenient, cost-effective and quick method of receiving medical care. By having the option of urgent care, we are promoting the overall health and well-being of the residents of Phoenixville through the access of health care that works for them. With a first-come, first-served philosophy, patients are seen and treated in the order they arrived, ensuring faster movement through the system. A visit to urgent care is also significantly less expensive than a trip to the emergency room, with many insurance plans offering coverage to further decrease the cost to you. If you want to learn more about what we can do for you and why AFC Urgent Care Phoenixville could be the right choice for your medical care, give us a call to learn more about our services. We serve patients from Phoenixville PA, King of Prussia PA, West Norriton PA, Norristown PA, East Norriton PA, Pottstown PA, and West Chester PA.