Doesn’t it seem like kids ALWAYS need medical attention when the pediatrician’s office is closed? What do you do when it’s a weekend or holiday, but you really want to avoid an ER visit?
This post was sponsored by PhysicianOne Urgent Care as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
If you’re a local of Connecticut or Massachusetts, you can turn to PhysicianOne Urgent Care Centers. When you or a family member has an illness or injury requiring attention, PhysicianOne Urgent Care is a convenient, cost-effective alternative to the ER.
What are Urgent Care Centers?
It is helpful to think of Urgent Care Centers (also called “walk-in centers”) as a convenient option that fits somewhere in-between a regular physician’s office and the hospital emergency room.
My family has turned to Urgent Care Centers several times in the last few years for things like bladder infections, ear infections, bronchitis, and a skin laceration. When these ailments pop up on the weekends and our doctor’s office is closed, it feels good to know there is reliable (and fast) care nearby!
My visit to PhysicianOne Urgent Care
I am fortunate enough to have a PhysicianOne Urgent Care Center less than 10 miles from my house. Last spring, I was having extreme ear pain and running a fever. I knew all I needed was antibiotics, but my PCP couldn’t get me in for an appointment for two days.
When you’re in pain, you know two days is A.LONG.TIME.
I used the “Find Us Near You” feature on their website and made an appointment at the nearest PhysicianOne Urgent Care Center for later that morning.
When the appointment time came, I arrived and signed in, waited less than 15 minutes and was seen by a friendly, helpful provider.
I was in and out with prescription in hand in under 40 minutes! When you’re a busy Mom, you know what a win that kind of efficiency truly is.
Here are several reasons why Urgent Care Centers like PhysicianOne Urgent Care are an ideal option for Moms in particular:
They Can Treat Illnesses, Injuries, Or Provide Routine Care
PhysicianOne Urgent Care Centers are equipped with various medical providers including physicians, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, medical assistants, and radiological technologists. They can provide treatment for a wide range of non-life threatening conditions a well as routine care and vaccinations.
Here are just some of the services provided at PhysicianOne Urgent Care Centers:
- Lab work
- IV fluids
- Broken bones/sprains
- Flu treatment
- STD testing
- Tick removal
- Treatment for infections
- Rash assessment
- Routine physicals
- Sports physicals
- Flu shots
And if you’re ever unsure about whether or not you can be treated at PhysicianOne Urgent Care Centers, just call 855.349.2828 and ask.
They Are Open 365 Days/Year
My family actually had a streak of getting sick on Christmas 3 years in a row.
Given the time of year, this is not at all uncommon when you have young children!
But trying to get a doctor’s appointment on Christmas (or even the week of Christmas) is next to impossible.
PhysicianOne Urgent Care Centers are open 365 days/year! That means weekends, and yes, holidays. All of us Moms know that kids do NOT only get sick during business hours Monday through Friday.
You Won’t Be Waiting For Hours
Did you know the average duration of an emergency room visit is 135 minutes?
A visit to an Urgent Care Center should be much quicker. It turns out, my experience of being in an out of the facility in 40 minutes is not abnormal. The average time patients spend waiting for and receiving care at PhysicianOne Urgent Care is less than one hour.
Remember, if you are in need of lifesaving medical care for heart attack, stroke, severe burns, difficulty breathing, or seizure, an emergency room visit is necessary. For non-life threatening illness and injuries, urgent care can provide you with quality care in a fraction of the time.
They Cost Less
PhysicianOne Urgent Care Centers accept most insurance plans (including Aetna, BCBS, Cigna, Medicare, and more) and their costs are significantly less expensive than visits to the emergency room.
The average cost of treatment at PhysicianOne Urgent Care is about $150, whereas treatment for the same condition in the ER averages around $750.
Just looking at co-pays alone, there is a sizable difference in urgent care compared to the ER. While co-pays vary by insurance plan, PhysicianOne Urgent Care tends to have a $50 co-pay vs. an emergency room co-pay of $150.
Convenience is Key
PhysicianOne Urgent Care treats patients from babies up to the elderly, so everyone in the family can receive care at the same place.
Their extended hours (including evenings, weekends, and holidays) make it easy to work around work and school schedules.
You can either make an appointment for a convenient time for you, or just walk in.
After you receive treatment at PhysicianOne Urgent Care, your provider will even follow up with your Primary Care Physician for you.
Moms have enough on our plates!
Let’s hear about a time you were able to avoid an ER visit by using Urgent Care. Leave a comment!