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Depending on if the individual needs life-threatening or limb-threatening medical treatment or not. Urgent cares are relatively faster for wait times and tend to get you in and out as fast as possible to help as many as possible, however the Emergency Room is available for anyone that may need life-dependent or limb-dependent medical treatment, as the ER will take whoever needs emergency medical attention the most first.
While they both have their pros and cons to why each is better during certain situations, when it comes down to it, going to visit an urgent care is a lot faster for wait times than most emergency rooms. However urgent cares do not provide life-threatening or limb-threatening treatment, if you need that, please call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest hospital.
The main difference between urgent care and emergency care is, the emergency departments are available to the public and meant to address the most serious of life-threatening and limb-threatening health issues. While urgent cares are open to the public and available to address urgent related, same-day issues that are not life-threatening. A few of the reasons you can visit an urgent care for are:
All of these urgent services and more are available at AFC Urgent Care Tyrone St. Petersburg!
An accident or immediate need for medical attention can interrupt your day without any warning. When your family doctor isn’t available, it can become stressful as to where you need to go for medical treatment. However, you have options when it comes to medical care in your area.
Everyone is very familiar with hospitals and their access to emergency rooms (ER), but the other options for immediate medical care are Urgent Cares.
Emergency Rooms in hospitals are best if you have a true emergency situation you need handled, call 911 or visit your nearest hospital emergency room if you or someone else is experiencing life-threatening symptoms or situations like:
These are all life or limb threatening situations that need to be handled by a hospital emergency room. However, consider an urgent care center for any situations that are not life-threatening including:
Our urgent care centers are available to offer urgent medical care for these and many more, as well at our AFC Urgent Care Tyrone St. Petersburg location, we have onsite digital x-ray machines, laboratories for blood work and UTI/STD testing, as well as other services on site to help you make your visit has efficient as possible.
Urgent cares are available to provide a combination of benefits to the public that your primary care doctor and local hospital emergency rooms can’t. A few of the major benefits hospital emergency rooms offer are:
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.
At AFC we offer very competitive rates for self-pay urgent care and walk-in clinic services. We understand that not everyone may have an insurance plan and we make sure that our out-of-pocket patients are given the same high-quality medical treatment that we give to all our patients.
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.