When Is Urgent Care the Best Option?

When Is Urgent Care the Best Option?

Sometimes a health issue arises that requires timely care but isn’t serious enough to make a trip to the local emergency room (ER). In these cases, urgent care offers the perfect middle point between primary and emergency care.

As a physician who began her career in urgent care, you can trust Dr. Melita Tate and our providers at Grassroots Healthcare in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to meet your urgent care needs. Our team also knows it’s not always clear when urgent care is the best option. 

Keep reading to learn more about urgent care and when it’s the right choice for treatment compared to primary and emergency care options.

When urgent care is the best choice

Urgent care offers fast, affordable care for many conditions — often at a lower cost than emergency care. This type of care is usually the best option for non-life-threatening medical issues that need attention sooner rather than later. 

At Grassroots Healthcare, our providers treat many conditions for urgent medical issues, including:

The practitioners at Grassroots Healthcare use a holistic approach to your care. For this reason, they evaluate your urgent medical issue in the context of your overall health to ensure you get the help you need for lasting wellness.

As part of your ongoing care, our team may recommend additional office visits to evaluate your progress. And if you have symptoms or a condition that could benefit from additional testing or a visit to a specialist, our team gives you the referrals and resources you need. 

When going to the ER is the best choice

If you or your family member has a life-threatening medical emergency or an injury that requires immediate, advanced medical treatment, it’s best to head to your nearest ER or call 911. Some situations that call for an ER visit include:

It’s important to remember that in the ER, medical teams must prioritize the most serious, life-threatening conditions. This means that if you go to the ER with a non-life-threatening condition or injury, you’ll probably have to wait hours for treatment. 

For this reason, if you have a condition or injury that isn’t life-threatening but needs quick attention, you’ll get help faster by calling Grassroots Healthcare in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to schedule a same-day appointment.

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