Urgent Care in NOLA Neighborhoods
Recently, we have seen new options for medical providers in New Orleans. It wasn’t that long ago, we only had hospitals and their emergency rooms to look to for medical treatment, now, it seems that we have a new player. Urgent Care facilities have been popping up all over New Orleans over the last few years. In many instances, an Urgent Care can be a good option when you have a medical emergency, or need to see a doctor for a non-life-threatening medical issue. Definitively Urgent Care has become an option for most ER visits.
Convenience of Urgent Care
With New Orleans Urgent Care facilities being smaller and more conveniently located with multiple locations across Greater New Orleans, they can be a very convenient option for medical care in a pinch. Urgent Care facilities have popped up all over Greater New Orleans from Thibodaux to Covington. You can usually get in and out of one of these smaller healthcare providers faster than your average Emergency Room.
When Should You Use an Urgent Care
With the new options for treatment now available in NOLA, its important to now understand if you should visit your hospital or neighborhood Urgent Care when you need medical treatment.
Urgent Care can be a good alternative to an ER or a doctor visit as long as the visit is not life threatening. Here are a couple of examples of medical issues that justify an urgent care visit:
- Simple Fractures
- Sprains and Strains
- Flu Like Symptoms
- Sore Throats
- Cuts and Stitches
- Sinus Infections
- Minor Burns
- Flu Shots
- Eye Infections
When Should You Go To The ER?
Just because you have an urgent care in your neighborhood, doesn’t mean that you should go there for every medical emergency. Emergency Rooms still have more resources for major medical issues. You should go to the ER if:
- You feel the issue is life-threatening and time sensitive
- If there is a possibility that the medical situation may require surgery
- Possibility of a stroke
- Shortness of breath coupled with numbing of an arm, which may be a heart attack.
When Should You Visit Your Doctor?
Urgent Care Facilities, although more convenient than making an appointment with your general practitioner, may not be the best route for some medical issues. If you have a complex, ongoing medical treatment it may be best to see your doctor or set up home heath care who would have all of your medical history. In addition, a visit to your family doctor may be the best route for your routine problems that are not emergencies.
The ABCs of Urgent Care
In many instances, Urgent Cares now take insurance and some even take Medicare and Medicaid. Although the convenience is there, being that they are smaller and may not have the ability to handle life threatening emergencies, for most immediate medical issues, they are a good alternative.