What is the difference between a walk-in clinic and urgent care?
The terms â€œwalk-in clinicâ€ and â€œurgent careâ€ generally refer to the same kind of healthcare center. You can walk into any urgent care clinic and receive immediate healthcare for any minor health matter. For instance, you can go to urgent care for a minor case of the flu or a simple sports injury. You can also go there for prescriptions, physical exams, and immunizations. An appointment is never necessary with urgent care, anyone of any age can be treated there, and any form of basic healthcare can be provided.
What is better, urgent care or ER?
You can go see your primary care doctor for any minor and non-urgent health matter, like a prescription refill. You can see an urgent care doctor for any minor but urgent health matter, like a non-life-threatening case of a fever. And you can see an emergency care doctor at the ER (emergency room) for any life-threatening emergency, like a case of a fever in a newborn. Since primary care, urgent care, and emergency care all have different uses, one isn't better than the other. However, sometimes it's necessary or better to go to one over another.
You must go to the ER for any emergency, as only the ER can handle life-threatening matters. However, you shouldn't go to the ER for a non-life-threatening situation, as you'll have to wait until patients with life-threatening situations are treated first. For non-life-threatening situations, it's better to go to urgent care, as they'll be able to see you right away with no wait time.
What should I go to urgent care for?
You should go to urgent care for any non-life-threatening but urgent health matter like:
- A simple sports injury like a minor sprain
- A physical exam like a sports physical or an annual physical
- STD testing
- An immigration service
- An X-ray for a minor injury
- Minor wound care like simple stitches
- Occupational medicine like a pre-employment screening exam
- A minor illness like a cold
- A preoperative exam
- A prescription medication
- Testing for a minor infection (if you need to be tested for an infectious viral infection, please call the clinic instead of visiting them)
- And more
Remember, any minor health matter can be handled at an urgent care clinic like ours. With AFC Urgent Care San Diego, we can see anyone and everyone in your family, an appointment is never necessary, and we're available to you 7 days a week, Monday to Sunday 8 am to 8 pm. Come see us today, if you like, for quick and convenient care near you.
Where can I get top rated urgent care in San Diego, CA?
You can get quality urgent care with us here at AFC Urgent Care San Diego. We have multiple locations in the area, so please see our Locations page for the one nearest you and its address. You can just come on by for immediate care without an appointment. We hope to see you soon, and we're sure we'll be able to get you feeling better right away here at AFC Urgent Care San Diego!