What do urgent care centers treat?
Typically, urgent care centers are staffed by nurse practitioners or physician assistants who treat patients for minor conditions when their general primary care doctors are unable to see them. While urgent care centers are overseen by board-certified physicians, the majority of patients treated are not treated by a board-certified physician. An urgent care center is a great place to have minor health inconveniences treated.
Some reasons to visit an urgent care center include:
When do I go to the ER?
Urgent care centers are not suited for emergency care. If you think you or a loved one is suffering from a potentially life-altering condition, it is always safer to go to the emergency room.
Some reasons to go to your closest ER include: