When should I use my Family doctor, an urgent care center or an emergency room?
It's 3 o'clock on a Tuesday afternoon. You have a sore throat and you're concerned it may be strep throat. Where should you seek treatment? A doctor's office, urgent care center or emergency room?
If you've got a medical issue that you think needs prompt attention, but isn't an emergency, call your family doctor first. If they are too busy to see you right away, or if you do not have a family doctor, then you should visit an urgent care.
Sometimes, making a same-day appointment with your family physician isn't possible. In this situation, an Urgent Care is a good alternative. Urgent Care clinics offer convenient, affordable walk-in care seven days a week, with no appointment necessary. Services include care for minor conditions, vaccinations, health screenings and school physicals.
Yuba City Urgent Care is a convenient choice for minor health concerns, and people who need basic health care services for everyday medical problems. If patients suspect they may have more complex health needs, but don't believe they're experiencing a medical emergency, an urgent care center is a great choice.
Urgent care centers have on-site physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and access to a broad range of medical services. This includes basic wound treatment, X-rays, lab work, EKGs to check a patient's heart and other diagnostic testing. Yuba City Urgent Care has extended hours and can also address your general family practice needs.
What types of Conditions could I visit an urgent care for?
Women's Health including bladder infections
Cuts requiring stitches
Ear ache or infection
Some circumstances, however, demand that patients go directly to an emergency room. The ER is equipped and staffed to handle anything from minor conditions to even the most serious illnesses and injuries using state of the art protocols. If you're not certain whether you, a relative or friend is experiencing a medical emergency, play it safe by going to the ER or calling 911.
In some cases, however, calling 911 is the best decision. Among the symptoms that warrant paramedic assistance are chest pain, severe bleeding, trouble breathing, intense discomfort in any part of the body or the signs of a stroke, sudden vision changes, slurred speech, one-sided weakness or mental confusion.
The choice is clear, Yuba City Urgent Care is the smart choice for most everyday health concerns and minor medical emergencies.
If you ever feel you are faced with a life threatening situation, please call 911.