What is urgent care?
Urgent care offers evaluation and treatment for acute and minor conditions that need same-day care, but are not life-threatening or emergent. Urgent care typically doesn’t require an appointment, and your care is focused on treating the problem that brought you to the office.
Urgent care is not for potentially life-threatening conditions, such as chest pain or stroke symptoms. If you have a life-threatening emergency, you need to go to the emergency room or call 911 for immediate care.
When is urgent care appropriate?
When you or your family member has a condition that isn’t life-threatening but can’t wait until the next day, urgent care may be appropriate. Conditions include:
If you or your child needs to miss work or school due to illness, an urgent care visit provides proper treatment and proper documentation.
What happens during an urgent care visit?
During an urgent care visit, assessment and treatment focus on the reason that brought you to the office. Your provider schedules your full physical assessments or annual visits for another time.
During your urgent care visit, your provider:
If you need more specialized or emergency room care, your provider coordinates your health care team so that you get the best care possible.
When should I go to the emergency room?
When appropriate, urgent care helps you avoid long waits in the emergency room. However, the emergency room is the best place if you or your family member is having:
If your infant is less than two months old and has a rectal fever of 100.4ºF or more, you should seek immediate emergency medical treatment. In other cases, urgent care at Bethesda Immediate Care provides quick, convenient, and efficient treatment for your health concerns that need to be seen sooner than later.
For quality urgent care, call, walk in, or schedule a same-day appointment online with Bethesda Immediate Care.