Premier Physician Network doctors answer frequently asked questions about urgent care.

When should I use an urgent care facility?

Dr. Joseph Allen discusses when to use an urgent care facility. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

 

An urgent care facility is a place you can go to get medical care for issues that aren’t emergencies, but that you are unable to get into your primary care provider to have checked, Premier Physician Network (PPN) physicians say.

Being unable to see your primary care provider could be because it is after office hours or on a weekend. It could also mean your provider doesn’t have any appointments available that day, but your issue isn’t something that can wait for another day when an appointment is open.

Some examples of times you might visit an urgent care could include:

  • You’re sick
  • You cut yourself doing yardwork
  • Your child falls and complains of arm or leg pain

Talk to your doctor for more information about situations in which you might need to use an urgent care facility.

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Are there times when I should follow up with my primary care provider after visiting an urgent care?

Dr. Joseph Allen discusses when to follow up with your primary care provider after visiting an urgent care. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

 

Most times, after you have visited an urgent care for treatment, it’s a good idea to follow up with your primary care doctor, Premier Physician Network (PPN) physicians say.

During your visit, the health care provider at an urgent care will tell you whether you need to follow up as soon as possible or make an appointment sometime in the future. 

Also, sometimes an urgent care visit for one concern – a cut on your hand, for example – could find an unrelated issue, such as high blood pressure. In this case, you would want to follow up with your primary care provider not only to make sure your hand is healing well, but also for ongoing treatment for your blood pressure.

Talk to your doctor for more information about when to follow up after an urgent care visit.

Why shouldn’t I use an urgent care as a replacement for visiting my primary care provider? 

Dr. Joseph Allen discusses why you shouldn’t use an urgent care as a replacement for your primary care provider. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

 

Urgent care facilities are a great tool available in your health care toolbox. However, it’s important to visit urgent care facilities only when your primary care provider is unavailable, Premier Physician Network (PPN) physicians say.

Your primary care provider doesn’t just give you quick fixes for sicknesses and injuries. He or she knows your health history, provides preventive care, and can counsel you through personalized treatment and care plans as you need them.

Urgent care should be used only when necessary. Your primary care provider should be thought of as your medical home base.

Talk to your doctor for more information about why it’s important not to use an urgent care facility to replace your primary care provider.

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Source: Joseph Allen, MD, Vandalia Family Care

Content Updated: July 10, 2018

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