Urgent Care Q & A
What is urgent care?
Urgent care is a medical service that bridges the gap between traditional office visits and emergency room care. Many medical needs require prompt attention but don’t rise to the level of a true emergency. Urgent care can address many of those conditions, ensuring you get the care you need, when you need it.
An illness or injury can arise at any time of night and day, often when you least expect it. Having a trusted medical team you can rely upon if the need arises can bring peace of mind.
What can I do to make the most of an urgent care visit?
One thing you can do to get the best possible care is to advise your provider of any medical conditions you have and any medications or supplements you’re taking. Many drugs can have negative interactions with other medications, some of which can be serious.
If you’re currently under treatment, try to have the contact information available for your current doctor or care team. Your urgent care provider can reach out to your current doctor(s) to discuss any potential complications or share details to coordinate your care.
How do I know if I should go to urgent care or the emergency room?
Any medical issue that could be life-threatening needs to be treated in an emergency room setting. Examples include, but aren’t limited to:
Urgent care is the right fit if you can’t wait for an appointment during normal office hours but aren’t in immediate medical danger. Examples include, but aren’t limited to:
If you’re unsure whether you should go to the emergency room or Alexandria Immediate Care, simply call and explain your needs. A friendly staff member can advise you on what to do next.