What is Urgent Care?
Urgent Care is defined as the provision of health services in a facility dedicated to the delivery of medical care outside of a hospital emergency department, usually on an unscheduled, walk-in basis.
They are primarily used to treat patients who have an injury or illness that requires immediate care but is not serious enough to warrant a visit to an emergency department.
They provide walk-in treatment for sudden or unexpected illnesses and injuries that are beyond the scope of a typical primary care practice, but do not require a costly trip to the ER.
Appointments are not necessary and urgent care clinics are generally open for extended hours, treating individuals of all ages.
Patients can be treated, often in less than an hour, for a wide array of conditions like fevers, asthma attacks, flu, upper respiratory infections, sprains, strains, cuts, and certain burns. They also offer additional services, including digital x-ray, EKG, ultrasounds, lab testing, immunizations, vaccines, travel medicine and selected primary care services.
Why Urgent Care?
- ER visits were up 30% in the last ten years. (CDC, National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey’s 2006 Emergency Department Summary)
- According to a study, 71% of ER visits were non-life-threatening, and could be handled at a more appropriate setting like an urgent care facility. (CDC, National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Surveys 2006 Emergency Department Summary)
- Average wait time for a Primary Care Physician appointment is more than two days.
- We are open seven days a week, 12 hours a day, with no appointments needed.
At UCA, we take urgent care a step further, by combining care with compassion and consideration for your time.
Since no appointment is necessary and a doctor is always on site, you can take comfort in knowing that great care will always be there when you need it.