If you or your child has ever experienced the sudden onset of the flu, developed a painful ear infection, or had a severe reaction to an insect bite, you’re probably familiar with urgent care. Urgent health care services address nonemergency, acute health issues that aren’t life-threatening but do require immediate medical attention. At Discover Health in San Francisco, internist Dr. Jim Lin, family medicine specialist Dr. Radha Lewis, and pediatricians Dr. Oded Herbsman and Dr. Jon-Michael Castelli provide urgent care services to patients in the North Beach area. Call or book your appointment online today.
What is urgent care?
Urgent care encompasses the medical services for acute injury or illness that bridge the gap between by-appointment healthcare services and emergency room services. Urgent care is an ideal solution for patients who have a pressing, but not life-threatening, health problem that requires immediate treatment.
Because urgent care doctors assess, diagnose, and treat non-life-threatening illness and injury virtually every day, they’re equipped to deal with a wide variety of health conditions, ranging from sinus infections to bone fractures.
With an internist, family medicine specialist, and two pediatricians on staff, Discover Health offers urgent care services to patients of all ages, and no appointment is necessary.
When do I need urgent care?
Urgent care is usually the best option when you have a medical issue that can’t wait for a regularly scheduled appointment with your primary care doctor.
Whether you cut your finger and can’t stop the bleeding or you have a painful earache, urgent care can get you the immediate attention you need. Urgent care may also be your best option if you have a pressing medical problem that your regular doctor isn’t equipped to handle.
If you don’t currently see a doctor at Discover Health, your treating physician and the practice’s top-notch staff will make sure that the records from your urgent care visit are transferred to your primary care physician.
How is urgent care different from the ER?
Emergency room physicians and nurses are equipped to handle life-threatening injuries and severe illnesses, whereas urgent care physicians are equipped and ready to treat non-life-threatening health problems, such as earaches, rashes, or mild fractures.
Emergency rooms are also open and staffed to treat patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Although Discover Health is a traditional medical practice with regular business hours, it does offer urgent care appointments as needed.
Urgent care helps lighten the load of your local emergency room, allowing the doctors there to treat serious problems more efficiently and effectively.
Urgent care also has the added benefit of being less expensive than a visit to the emergency room. If you’re in need of urgent care, call the office at Discover Health or book an appointment online now.