When you or a loved one experiences an urgent medical issue, it helps to have a medical team that you trust and that is accessible to you outside of normal business hours. Jennifer Gwozdz, MD, of Family Clinic in Houston and Katy, Texas, is proud to offer urgent care services on a walk-in basis. If you or someone you care about is suffering, come in immediately for outstanding care from a team of compassionate health professionals.
Urgent care is an area of medical practice that serves to bridge the gap between the care you would receive in an emergency room and the care available from your primary care physician. It’s a great option when an issue arises after normal business hours or on a weekend or holiday.
One way to think about urgent care is to consider the extent of your discomfort and the risk that your condition might worsen if left untreated. If your medical issue is not life-threatening, but cannot wait until you can get an appointment with your primary care physician, urgent care offers a great fit.
The team at Family Clinic can meet a wide range of medical needs that fall under the umbrella of urgent care. Some examples include:
If you are unable to control these needs through over-the-counter medications or self-care efforts, come in right away for thorough diagnostic and treatment services.
There are circumstances where the emergency room is the absolute best setting to receive treatment. Some examples include:
However, it is also true that far too many men and women go to the emergency room for needs that could be better addressed in an urgent care setting. One reason to avoid the emergency room is the sheer volume of sick people to whom you and your loved ones will be exposed in a crowded waiting area.
You’ll also likely wait longer to see a doctor if your medical need is not life-threatening. There is also the matter of cost. Depending on your insurance coverage, emergency room visits can be far more expensive than urgent care.
If you are unsure about whether urgent care is the right treatment environment for you or your family, call Family Clinic for guidance. If you decide to come in, there’s never a need to schedule an appointment, and the clinic is open for extended hours to better serve you.