What Is Urgent Care?

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To understand what is an urgent care clinic is best defined by what it is not.

  • It is not an emergency department that treats life threatening illness (heart attacks) or injuries (serious accidents).
  • It is not a primary care office taking appointments for on-going management of high blood pressure or diabetes.
  • It is not a retail based clinic, like a walmart clinic, that treats only a few common minor ailments such as colds or sore throats.

Rather an urgent care clinic is:

  • Walk-in without an appointment
  • Open extended hours everyday including most holidays
  • Capable of doing labs, x-rays, stitches, iv’s, and other office procedures
  • Will make referrals, when necessary, for services of further diagnosis, treatment, on on-going care

Typically urgent care clinics provide care of medical needs that are either beyond the scope and availability of the primary care practice or retail clinic but that do not warrant a trip the the emergency department.} else {


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