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Sometimes a child needs immediate care for an injury or illness, and this is when pediatric urgent care is so helpful. They can see a child without the need for an appointment, they’re usually open after school hours and over the weekend, and they can treat a child right away, right on the spot. If your child needs pediatric urgent care in St. Petersburg, then come see us today here at AFC Urgent Care!
When should kids go to urgent care?
When your child needs a physical exam, like an annual physical or a physical for school, you take him or her to see your family physician or pediatrician. Immunizations and other simple health matters can be taken care of by either of those professionals. And if your child needs emergency care for a serious (life-threatening) injury or illness, you go to the ER (emergency room). Pediatric urgent care is different, though, but it definitely has an important role to play in your child’s healthcare!
Urgent care is for minor (non-life-threatening) but urgent health matters. For instance, you should take your child to urgent care if he or she gets a minor injury in sports or has strep throat. Any minor illness or injury can be treated at urgent care. They can also provide a physical exam if your child needs one right away for school or to join a new sports team. Or if your child is behind on his or her vaccination schedule, they can provide a shot. Same-day visits are no problem for pediatric urgent care!
Is it better to go to urgent care or the ER?
Remember, the ER is for life-threatening health conditions. Also, you should go to the ER if you’re unsure whether a condition could be life-threatening. Only the ER can handle life-threatening health conditions.
You can take your child to the ER for minor health conditions, but if you do, you’ll have to wait until patients with life-threatening conditions are treated. If you’re sure your child’s condition is minor, then urgent care is best because it’s the quickest and most affordable option. Please remember, though, that the ER is the only option for life-threatening conditions.
Will urgent care send me to the ER?
If you go to urgent care and the health condition turns out to be life-threatening, then they will call the ER for you and have them come meet you. Please don’t go to urgent care if a health condition is life-threatening or if you’re unsure whether a condition could be life-threatening. The ER is the only option, and they’ll be able to treat your child right away. Call 911 for emergency care at the ER.
So long as your child’s condition is minor, you can come see us here at AFC Urgent Care St. Petersburg. We can get you and your child in and out quickly so you can get back to your normal family life again!
Do you offer pediatric urgent care in St. Petersburg, FL?
Yes, we do. AFC Urgent Care St. Petersburg offers pediatric urgent care near you. We’re located at 2241 66th St N St. Petersburg, FL 33710, and you can come see us right away without the need for an appointment. We can see you anytime Monday to Friday, 8 am to 8 pm, or Saturday to Sunday, 8 am to 5 pm. If your child has cold- or flu-like symptoms, though, we ask that you please call us at (727) 273-1700 to have an appointment with us online instead.
We look forward to seeing or speaking with you soon and helping your child get better quickly!
If you’re dealing with a pressing, non-life-threatening medical issue and don’t want to see a doctor, urgent care could be for you. AFC walk-in clinics are able to see patients dealing with allergic reactions, broken bones, colds and flus, and much more.
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.
The main advantage of choosing AFC is our short wait times – often under 15 minutes. The total length of your visit will depend on what you’re being seen for, but many patients can be in and out of our clinics in around 30 minutes.