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Urgent Care or Emergency Room Visit for End of Summer Injuries?

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Reviewed by: Amy Surdam, FNP, LTC

You almost made it! The summer was winding down and you’d made it this far without any need for minor medical attention. But then, right before the start of the new school year, your child experiences an injury or illness that requires the attention of a medical professional. The question is, do you make a trip to the emergency room or pay a visit to your local urgent care center?

For non-life-threatening injuries, your best bet is to visit a walk-in urgent care center such as BestMed Urgent Care. When it comes to urgent medical care, urgent care clinics can provide efficient affordable care without the long wait times. Here are a few things to know about urgent care clinics such as BestMed Urgent Care clinic to help you decide where to go for medical care.

First, What’s an Urgent Care Clinic?

An urgent care clinic or urgent care center is a facility where those in need of urgent medical care can walk in and receive the prompt medical treatment they’re in need of. Most urgent care clinics are open 7 days a week and with extended hours, making them a perfect alternative to costly emergency rooms. There’s no need to schedule an appointment, as urgent care centers are walk-in facilities you can get in line, online!

If you’re not sure if your or your child’s injury can be treated at BestMed’s Urgent Care clinic, we can help you determine that. A visit to a walk-in urgent care clinic is for anyone who is experiencing a non-life-threatening injury or illness such as:

  • A cold or the flu
  • Stomach pain
  • Ear and/or eye infections
  • Sore throat
  • Various types of sprains and muscle strains
  • Fractures or dislocations
  • Lacerations, wounds, and minor burns
  • Gastrointestinal problems such as diarrhea and vomiting
  • A urinary tract infection (UTI)
  • Mono
  • Strep throat
  • Upper respiratory infections
  • Infections

A common misconception about urgent care centers is that they don’t have the equipment to diagnose or treat injuries or illnesses that can be severe but non-life-threatening. In fact, urgent care clinics such as BestMed Urgent Care clinics are equipped with diagnostic tools such as laboratory testing and X-rays allowing us to provide quick results and treat you or your child with the urgent medical care needed.

Accidents Will Happen, And We’ll Be Here For You

The summer may have come to an end but that doesn’t mean injuries or illnesses won’t happen. That’s why we’re opening three new BestMed Urgent Care clinic locations to best serve our many communities. You can find new Oregon urgent care locations and new Washington urgent care locations. Whether you’re a local or visiting from out of town, if you or a loved one is in need of urgent medical care our walk-in urgent care center is ready and available to provide the proper treatment needed for a speedy recovery. For more information on our services or if you have any questions, visit our website or stop in to see us in one of our many locations in multiple states. We also administer physicals for students in need of one for after-school athletics. Many BestMed Urgent Care clinics are open seven days a week and are always ready to serve our communities with top-quality urgent medical care.