What is Urgent Care?
Urgent care is convenient and professional care for conditions that require quick medical attention, but are not life threatening. Urgent care meets the patient demands of convenience and efficiency while delivering safe, high quality, cost effective medical care.
An urgent care center serves as an alternative to the hospital emergency department and your personal physician when a timely appointment is not available. Urgent care is appropriate for injuries too severe to be treated in a primary care physician office but not severe enough to require treatment in a hospital emergency department. Think of urgent care for general illnesses and/or minor injuries such as flu, colds, sore throats, fever, upset stomachs, asthma, ear infections, urinary tract infections, rashes, dehydration, cuts, broken bones, sprains, burns, back pain, and animal/insect bites.
- Value - Urgent Care provides quality medical care with significant cost savings to patients, employers and insurance companies over the alternative of the hospital emergency department or hospital based "fast track/urgent care" unit.
- Convenience - Most urgent care centers provide services on a "walk in basis" and offer extended hours in the evenings and on weekends allowing you to get medical care on your schedule.
- Continuity of Care - With patient approval, the doctor notes and any test results from your visit at Accent Urgent Care will be sent to your personal physician
When to use the Emergency Room
If you are facing a life threatening situation call 911 or go directly to the nearest hospital emergency room. These are life-threatening, critical conditions that require advanced medical attention:
- Heart attack
- Head trauma
- Severe abdominal pain
- Sudden dizziness, weakness or loss of coordination or balance
- Sudden blurred vision or loss of vision
- Bleeding that won’t stop
- Loss of consciousness.