Booking and waiting for an appointment with your doctor when you are sick can be frustrating and uncomfortable, especially when you need prompt medical attention. By going to an urgent care facility, you can receive the healthcare you need during a non-life-threatening medical emergency.
Urgent care centers work differently from other health clinics, which is why many patients make mistakes that make their experience less than satisfactory. You can easily prevent this by familiarizing yourself with common blunders and take necessary precautions to prevent them.
Here are some mistakes you should avoid when going to an urgent care facility:
Not knowing when to head to the emergency room
Any illness or injury that is potentially life-threatening should be treated in the emergency room. Urgent care centers do not have specialized doctors, surgeons, and a variety of specialty equipment available in the hospital.
Learn how to determine the difference between medical emergencies that can be treated at an urgent care clinic and those that require a trip to the emergency room. When you’re in doubt, it’s best to call ahead or visit the website of the urgent care facility to check if they are offering the services you need and are capable of addressing your medical needs.
Here at our clinic, some of our urgent health care services include adult care, pediatric care, specialty physicals, telemedicine, travel medicine, workers’ compensation, physical therapy, and drug and alcohol testing. If you need physical and occupational therapy, our trained physical therapists can create a treatment plan specifically catered to your goals.
Failing to choose a facility that can address your healthcare needs
Most urgent care facilities have the medical equipment and technology to effectively and efficiently diagnose and treat the initial symptoms of a non-life-threatening injury or illness. However, some may not provide certain services or have the machine and other instruments needed to deal with your health concern right away.
Before heading to an urgent care facility, make sure that the clinic is capable of meeting your needs. Otherwise, you run the risk of not being given the prompt medical response you need and cause your medical issue to grow worse.
When you choose our facility, we can help you diagnose and treat your exact medical emergency. We are equipped with the best and latest technology, such as an onsite x-ray machine, an EKG and a lab for multiple types of testing.
We also have innovative software solutions and apps, diagnostic equipment, and technical solutions. For instance, our Electronic Medical Records (EMR) solution works on any internet-connected device and lets you and your doctor update your health status.
Be dishonest about your medical history
Your medical professionals at the urgent care facility will ask you about your medical history. Make sure to be completely open, honest, and communicative when answering their questions to help them accurately diagnose your ailment and determine the best possible treatment for your health condition.
When you get minor injuries or illnesses that need an immediate medical response, your first thought may be heading to an emergency room right away. If you’re looking for a cheaper and more efficient alternative, consider visiting an urgent care facility like ours. Remember the mistakes listed above to have a satisfactory experience and receive the best possible prompt care you need.
Agile Urgent Care is a full-service, walk-in, medical facility that provides patients in New Jersey with immediate healthcare for non-life-threatening illnesses or injuries. Contact us to learn more about our services!