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Swampscott Telemedicine at AFC Urgent Care
AFC Urgent Care Swampscott Now Provides Telemedicine Urgent Care
Safe, remote, and comprehensive care available during the COVID-19 Pandemic
AFC Urgent Care Swampscott is providing telemedicine visits for our patients to ensure they can access care whenever they need to. Telemedicine at AFC Urgent Care Swampscott allows patients that have difficulty traveling or need a more flexible option for healthcare.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact patients’ ability to travel freely, we want to ensure that our communities have affordable and accessible urgent options when they need it.
Our provider team can consult patients, provide referrals, evaluate injuries, diagnose symptoms, and recommend coordinated care all through telemedicine. All our patients need is audio and video capabilities to get the care they need. If you have any questions, please call our provider team at 781-691-9366. Below, we’ve provided resources to explain what telemedicine is, the services we can provide via telemedicine, and why patients don’t have to delay care during this global healthcare crisis.
What is Telemedicine? How does it work?
Telemedicine is defined as the practice of using technology to deliver medical from a distance, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians. Patients can connect to providers through a dedicated portal, with an internet connection and computer with audio/video capabilities. Our provider team can then provider a variety of urgent care services, treatment recommendations, and other crucial services through digital means.
Telemedicine is ideal for patients that need to get care but are unable to travel at the moment. A virtual visit allows our provider team to prove detailed and collaborative care for a variety of needs.
Patients now have an efficient and effective way to get the care they need, all from the comfort of home. If you’re curious about insurances accepted for telemedicine, please refer to our accepted insurance list and consult your health plan administrator.
Telemedicine Access During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Telemedicine Services available at AFC Urgent Care Swampscott:
Conditions to be treated via Telemedicine:
Ear infection, earache, or swimmers ear
Eye infection, pinkeye, sties
Female urinary tract infections
Infected toenail or fingernail
Minor Rashes (e.g. Impetigo, Shingles, Ringworm)
Newly onset cough
Sinus Infection or Sinusitis
**Medication renewal (no controlled or addictive substances, no long term chronic illness prescriptions-1 month prescription only, No ADD, ADHD, or mental health prescription.) ***
Urinary Tract Infections
Conditions NOT to be treated via Telemedicine:
No narcotic or controlled substance renewal or prescription.
No prescriptions over one month
No Chest Pain
No Pelvic/genital/rectal/breast exams
No suturing (Must come into an AFC location)
No psychiatric conditions
No emergency symptoms including: Dial 911 (chest pain, shortness of breath, allergic reaction, choking, altered of consciousness, head or neck injury
No STD’s or STI’s (Must come into Center)
No Pregnancy, birth control renewal or birth control advice
No Workers' Compensation or Occupational Health visits (Must come into Center)
No Referrals to specialists (Must come into Center)
No Physicals or Sport Physicals (Must come into Center)
No Suturing, suturing removal or wound care (Must come into Center)
No Children under 1 year
** Please note that if the provider feels that an in person visit is needed, we will transition the Telemedicine visit into an in person visit. **
Urgent care is for medical conditions that require prompt attention but do not pose an immediate threat to your health or life. Here is a simple rule of thumb: if your medical issues(s) are life threatening, call 911, or go directly to a hospital emergency room. If not, an urgent care center such as AFC is an excellent alternative.