Urgent care medicine describes medical care given on an outpatient basis for acute illness or injury. While this is similar to the care given by a hospital’s emergency department, the scope of urgent care facilities is often not as broad as that of an emergency department and conditions treated are not as severe. Urgent care typically fits a niche between primary care and emergency services. When an injury or illness doesn’t require immediate and serious intervention, and can wait hours or up to a day or two, it generally falls into a general description as “urgent.”
Most urgent care can be managed directly by us and does not require you to visit an urgent care facility. Urgent care is often used when a family health care professional office isn’t open. In fact, almost half the patients who use urgent care providers do so because their family health care provider is unavailable. With office hours from 7:30am-5pm on weekdays and 8am-12pm on Saturdays, Aspen Family Care provides wide access, through which urgent care is available.
Anytime you feel that an injury or illness should be treated “same day” or “the next day” instead of immediately, you’re likely dealing with an urgent care condition. Some examples of urgent care needs include:
In some cases, a patient may feel a recurring condition coming on for which they know they need treatment. When timing prevents a visit to their primary care physician, an urgent care facility can often be a good backup solution. If you don’t know if your issue is urgent, please call and request to speak to “triage,” who can help you with this. If it is after hours and you don’t know if it is okay to wait until morning, we have medical providers on call to help.
Serious conditions, injuries, or illnesses that require immediate or complex care are best addressed in a hospital setting. Care is typically available 24 hours a day and staffed to provide emergency, life-saving care. Conditions that warrant an emergency room visit include: