When should you not go to urgent care?
For those experiencing major medical trauma, expectant mothers going into labor, or for help managing chronic conditions, then urgent care may not be the best solution for helping or managing your medical condition or medical situation.
Generally speaking, if you are in a situation where there may be a loss of life, limb, or eyesight, you should go to the emergency room immediately rather than an urgent care. If you experience any of the following – or any combination thereof – you should call 911 immediately or go to your nearest emergency room: heart attacks or chest pain; stroke or stroke-like symptoms; unconsciousness; serious accidents; uncontrollable bleeding; head trauma; or serious abdominal pain.
For expectant mothers, while urgent care may be better than nothing in situations where there are no other options – such as a natural disaster – urgent care centers are not set up to facilitate childbirth. If you have any questions or concerns, consult with your obstetrician and/or your general practitioner for planning how and where you will give birth. It is important to know that many OBs have preferred hospitals for delivering infants.
While urgent care facilities can treat symptoms of chronic conditions, it is important to note that they cannot offer the same insight or level of care that you would receive from your primary care provider. Continuation of care is vitally important in the care and management of chronic conditions, so it is important that you see your primary care provider on a regular basis to help you manage and treat your chronic condition.
Can urgent care prescribe antibiotics?
If you are going to urgent care because of a possible infection, then urgent care can prescribe you antibiotics to treat the infection. In general, urgent care clinics usually keep common antibiotics in stock and many will be able to fill your antibiotic prescription before you leave your appointment. However, not all urgent care centers offer to fill your prescriptions of antibiotics, so it is important that you ask during the course of your appointment whether you will need to visit a pharmacy or if your prescription will be filled and provided by the center itself.
Can I use urgent care as primary care?
Urgent care is not a substitute for primary care practitioners and should instead be used and treated as supplemental to primary care. While you can visit or use urgent care instead of primary care in certain situations or scenarios – such as if you need medical attention outside of your primary care practitioner’s hours or cannot get in to see your primary care practitioner – it is not a substitute and should not be treated as such.
Your primary care practitioner will know your history and be able to help you manage your health in the long term, along with helping you manage any chronic conditions that you may have. But if you find yourself in need of urgent medical help after hours or for a non-chronic condition or illness, then you should visit an urgent care facility and make certain that you follow up with your primary care practitioner.
We at Midlands Family Urgent Care are here to provide you with compassionate patient medical care in urgent situations. To book your appointment with us, please visit us online or give us a call. We serve patients from Omaha NE, Papillion NE, La Vista NE, Fairview NE, Ralston NE, Bellevue NE, Springfield NE, and surrounding areas.