WHAT IS URGENT CARE?
Life-threatening emergencies, such as a heart attack or a serious head injury, require a visit to the Emergency Room. Urgent Care centers are setup to treat patients with an illness or injury that does not appear to be life–threatening, but also can’t wait until the next day, or for primary care doctor to see them.
Equipped with multiple exam rooms, on-site lab testing, and digital x-ray capabilities, First Care Clinics provide a broad array of urgent, walk-in, and occupational medicine services. Open seven days a week with extended hours on nights and weekends, our clinics offer treatment for a wide variety of common illnesses, injuries, and conditions.
At First Care, we take urgent care a step further, by combining care with compassion and a consideration for your time. Since no appointment is necessary and a nurse practitioner is always on site, you can take comfort in knowing that great care will always be there when you need it.
WHY URGENT CARE?
Cheaper than the Emergency Room
When compared to emergency care, urgent care represents a much more cost effective means of treating acute illness or injury that is not life or limb threatening. The cost of an urgent care patient visit averages approximately $35-100, a typical emergency department visit averages approximately $1,233, and the average cost of a primary care physician visit is approximately $200.
More Applicable Care
It is estimated that at least 27% of ER visits could be treated in less acute settings. (per Urgent Care Association of America, “The Case for Urgent Care”)
Shorter Wait Time
Patients often spend more than four hours during an emergency room (ER) visit compared to typically less than an hour for a visit at an urgent care center. (per Emergency Department Pulse Report, 2010. Patient Perspectives on American Health Care. Press Ganey Associates)
No Appointment Needed
Average wait time for a Primary Care Physician appointment is more than 20 days. (2009 Merritt Hawkins Study)
We’re open 7 days a week, with extended week night hours, with no appointments needed.