What is Urgent Care?

image of a woman with a feverIf you are suffering from symptoms like a fever, cough, or sore throat, you may be wondering wondering: what is urgent care, and when should it be considered over other forms of treatment? If you wish to be seen by a practitioner, but your primary physician is unavailable, First Med Immediate Medical Care in Flushing, Queens, can provide an alternative. Our center offers efficient, cost-effective, and comprehensive care for non-life-threatening conditions. For your convenience, we have extended hours and are open on weekends, with no appointment necessary. If you feel you need immediate treatment, please contact us today.

When Should You Visit an Urgent Care Center? 

Our urgent care center provides treatment for non-critical conditions that do not require an emergency room visit or a call to 911. These include but are not limited to:

  • Fever
  • Diarrhea 
  • Cough, sore throat, or flu
  • Persistent vomiting
  • Ear pain 
  • Painful urination or urinary tract infection
  • Minor trauma such as a shallow cut or sprain 
  • Broken bones with no bleeding

Once you arrive, your doctor can conduct a thorough examination, listen to your concerns, and recommend appropriate treatment. Our center is equipped with advanced technology, including digital x-rays and an on-site lab, so we can deliver immediate and accurate diagnoses.

We offer convenient hours and a variety of services to treat conditions that require timely medical attention.

Urgent Care vs. Emergency Room 

At First Med Immediate Medical Care, we treat medical conditions that do not require hospital admission. In comparison, emergency rooms are staffed and ready to provide immediate care for potentially life-threatening conditions, including: 

  • Fever in newborns 
  • Heart attack or stroke 
  • Overdose 
  • Severe allergic reaction
  • Deep laceration
  • Knife or gunshot wound
  • Pregnancy-related symptoms
  • Heavy, uncontrolled bleeding

The rise of urgent care centers has helped solve some of the overcrowding issues in emergency rooms. Patients who do not need emergency services can visit our centers, which allows emergency rooms to provide faster, more focused care to those who require emergency procedures.  

Benefits of Visiting an Urgent Care Center 

In addition to providing efficient service and quality care to the community, our urgent care center offers more convenient hours than most doctors' offices and shorter wait times than emergency rooms. 

Convenient Hours 

According to a study performed by the NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information), most urgent care centers are open longer than the average doctor's office. Our flexible hours allow you to receive the medical attention you need when your primary care physician is unavailable.

Our office is open weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., weekends from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and holidays from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Cost-Effective Alternative

Visiting an urgent care center as opposed to an emergency room could save you hundreds of dollars. A 2013 study completed by Cigna insurance found that the average cost of an urgent care center visit was $153 compared to the average cost of an emergency room visit of $1,757. In addition to lower cash rates for procedures, First Med Immediate Medical Care also accepts most insurance providers, with the exception of Medicare and Medicaid. 

Faster Service 

While most doctor's offices are limited to a single physician, urgent care centers employ several skilled physicians and staff. This results in shorter wait times and a higher number of patients seen per hour. Healthline reports that urgent care centers accommodate an average of four visits per hour, or about 50 visits per day. 

Call Our Urgent Care Center Today

First Med Immediate Medical Care has over 30 years of experience providing advanced medical services to the Queens community. We offer convenient hours and a variety of treatment options to address conditions that require timely attention. Call our urgent care center at (718) 224-8855 or contact us online for more information.