As parents, we want to ensure that our children are getting the best care possible. From healthy foods, to daily exercise, to reading and play; we do everything we can. But sometimes, they may need help outside of what we can provide. It’s at times like this that we may need to take them to urgent care. That’s why we’re proud to partner with Amwell to bring you this conversation about when to take your child to urgent care.
when should you take your child to urgent care?
Urgent medical care is a term that is becoming more common in the United States and is particularly important for busy working people and those that don’t have time to get to their regular physician during office hours. Urgent medical care facilities work similar to both emergency rooms and general physicians offices, although they are really a combination of both.
Amwell offers the convenience of Urgent Care in the comfort of your own home.
Typical urgent medical care facilities will take walk in patients without an appointment provided they are not experiencing a life threatening injury or condition.
In other words the service is not an emergency or trauma room for serious accident victims or those people that will need full hospitalization. Rather, an urgent medical care facility typically takes patients that have minor physical injuries such as broken bones, non-life threatening accident type injuries, cold and flu treatment, workers compensation claims, minor health concerns or almost any other minor health condition.
So, if you find yourself in a situation where you would typically use the emergency room, instead consider urgent care. And if you need a more convenient way to do it? Consider using Amwell by clicking here.
Many urgent care centers have labs on-site that can handle blood work or x-ray services.
Urgent care centers are useful when you have an urgent medical need at a time when your family physician is usually not available. Examples include:
- Emergencies after hours
- Heavy scheduling
Urgent care facilities are also available to patients who don’t have a physician.
Many patients prefer to use an medical care facility to an emergency room as there are fewer costs typically associated with the service compared to a full hospital visit.
Many urgent medical care facilities also offer drug and alcohol testing and screening, basic lab work, support for patients with chronic health conditions such as diabetes or digestive disorders, or may also offer flu shots or vaccinations for children.
School physicals or work related physical examinations may also be completed at most urgent medical care businesses.
Typically appointments are optional with some more detailed types of exams or test needing an appointment while other health issues are treated on a walk in basis.
what else can you do at urgent care?
As with other types of medical services urgent medical care offices accept most types of insurance or may also bill directly for service.
In the case of drug screening or other non-insurance tests and services payment may be required in advance, so it is always important to phone and find out if payment will be required. In most cases the urgent medical care service will have extended office hours over a traditional doctor’s office or clinic but they are not generally open 24 hours like an emergency room is.
Staff at the urgent medical care office will be professionals that will have the same training and licensing as staff at any other hospital or medical treatment facility in the area.
Many times the doctors and nurses are more geared towards preventative type treatments and a lot of attention is focused on education and working with patients, especially those that have chronic types of health conditions.
And if you use Amwell’s Urgent Care services, you have the convenience of visiting without leaving your house.
If you need to schedule a visit, be sure to use my special code: Amwell25 It will get you 25% off an urgent care visit! Follow this link to start your discounted doctor’s visit.
Have you used urgent care services in the past for your child? Would you use Amwell’s Urgent Care?