How is Urgent Care Different than the Emergency Room?
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
If you have ever come down with a nasty flu that seems to get progressively worse in the evening, sprained an ankle during a weekend basketball game or have been woken up in the morning by a feverish child, then you probably could have benefited from a visit to our urgent care offices.
Urgent Care fits into the medical service spectrum somewhere between the emergency room—which can be costly and time consuming to visit—and your family physician—who requires appointments in advance and keeps restricted office hours. Urgent Care facilities like Doctor’s Urgent Care Offices offer walk-in treatment by medical providers for non-emergent conditions seven days a week (with only two exceptions: Thanksgiving and Christmas day). That's right—we are open ALL other holidays, nights, and weekends because we want to be available in the hours that are convenient for you and your family.
That means that if, on a Sunday afternoon, your cough has really started to rattle you but you are still able to breathe freely, you could be seen by one of our physicians that day, rather than wait until Monday to make an appointment with your doctor or brave the emergency room full of patients needing immediate medical care because of life-threatening conditions.
This is not an exhaustive list, but some of the conditions that we typically treat at our offices include:
• Colds, coughs, flu
• Sore throats, earaches
• Pneumonia, bronchitis
• Sinus infection, headaches
• Urinary tract infections
• Rashes, poison ivy
• Cuts, burns
• Sprains, strains, fractures
• Minor eye injuries
In addition to treatment of illness and injuries we also provide:
• Filling prescriptions
• Digital X-rays
• Physical examinations
• DNA testing
• Laboratory services
If you believe that your condition is life threatening, then you should call 911 or visit an emergency room immediately.
We currently have nine locations throughout the greater Cincinnati area, all of which are open seven days a week from 8:30 am until 10 pm (our Springdale offices are open from 7 am until 10 pm) and are staffed with exceptionally caring and well trained medical service providers. Since opening our first office in 1982, we have treated more than 4,000,000 patients, which is certainly a testament to the dedication of our employees as well as a demonstration of how well our urgent care facilities serve our community.