You’re celebrating one of those memorable moments teaching your daughter how to ride a bike when it all comes to a halt as she falls and injures her wrist. After consoling her tears, you realize something could be wrong. What do you do? You call her doctor and you may or may not be seen that day. You can go to the emergency department and likely wait to be seen, oftentimes at a great expense, or you can take her to an urgent care.
Urgent care, commonly referred to as immediate care, is a convenient and often less expensive way to be evaluated and treated for less severe medical conditions. Urgent care is a same-day service with no appointment needed. The average wait times are often shorter than in an emergency department.
Common issues cared for at an urgent care include:
- Cut needing stitching or puncture wound
- Ear pain
- Headache or fever
- Minor allergic reaction
- Minor eye irritation
- Minor neck or back pain
- Minor or small burn
- Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or constipation
- Sinus trouble, runny nose, sore/strep throat or cough
- Skin rash, itch or sunburn
- Sprain or pulled muscle
- Suture removal or wound check
If you’re having chest pain, abdominal pain, severe headaches, a mental health crisis, stroke-like symptoms, urgent pregnancy-related issues, head trauma, complicated injuries, or other serious medical conditions, call 911.
The next time you need non-life-threatening medical attention, visit a Mercyhealth urgent care. In addition, with Mercyhealth InQuicker, you can hold your place in line at a Mercyhealth urgent care clinic. Just choose the facility you want to go to, select a projected treatment time, fill out a simple form, then relax from the comfort of your home until it’s time to go. You can access this free service at mercyinquicker.org.