There are some situations you encounter that are undoubtedly emergencies that call for a hospital visit. For example, severe injuries from a slip and fall, a car accident, or other sudden trauma mean a trip to the emergency room. However, there are other medical concerns that you can treat at a trusted walk-in clinic, such as our emergency walk-in clinic at Polmed Primary Care & Walk-In Clinic.
Walk-In Clinics, ER, and Urgent Care – What is the Difference?
Each facility will offer walk-in care, meaning you can get care without an appointment. ERs are located at hospitals with extensive medical equipment, staffing, and capabilities. However, due to this and the wait times, they should only be reserved for life-threatening, serious injuries or medical situations.
Urgent care facilities and walk-in clinics will often get referred to interchangeably, and both might offer similar services. However, a walk-in located in a retail pharmacy setting will have fewer medical offerings than an independent facility. Retail clinics are often staffed by a nurse or physician’s assistant and offer strep throat treatments, care for minor cuts, health screenings, and flu shots.
A full-scale walk-in or urgent care facility will have all the staffing and services necessary to handle blood testing, cardiology services, and much more.
When to Visit Polmed Primary Care & Walk-In Clinic
Our locations offer a broad assortment of medical testing services and treatments. While severe injury or emergencies call for a trip to the ER, we are happy to see you for a long list of options, including:
- Sinus and ear infections
- Urinary tract infections
- Illnesses like flu and cold
- Sore throat
- Minor burns and cuts
- Pink eye
- and more