Urgent Care Clinic Accepting New Patients in El Cajon, CA
Urgent care clinics are the hub of affordable healthcare with ease of walk-in availability, and provide comfort to many who continue to need a doctor quicker than what their primary care physician’s office can offer. Visit us today to learn more.
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What does an urgent care doctor do?
When should you go to urgent care?
What questions should I ask when finding a new doctor?
Urgent care clinics have a scope of medical professionals so it will depend on what you require for treatment. Each of the providers will go through a series of questions about your concerns and symptoms, they will take your blood pressure, measure your height, and weight, and listen to your lungs and heart.
Family medical physicians treat ear infections, urinary tract infections and cough and cold symptoms and minor injuries.
Sports medicine physicians treat sprains and strains, utilizing the x-ray machines so you I don’t need to go to another location. If you have broken a bone, they can cast it for you. Internal medicine physicians specialize in chronic and infectious disease.
Emergency medicine physicians’ experience comes from working in an emergency room giving them a vast knowledge of treating and diagnosing patients.
Urgent care clinics are also staffed with X-ray technicians, nurse practitioners, medical assistants, physician assistants, and licensed nurses.
When deciding if you need to go to urgent care, you should first see if your regular doctor has any available appointments if not then an urgent care clinic would be your next step. Urgent care clinics treat medical conditions that would need to be treated within 24 hours. If you are experiencing a sore throat or cough, minor broken bones or fractured fingers or toes, cuts that do not have much blood but require stitches, skin rashes and irritations, urinary tract infections, and diagnostic services including x-rays and laboratory tests.
Preparing to find a new doctor can be overwhelming as you want to make sure you can develop a good patient-physician relationship, the need to be honest with your physician is detrimental to your health. It would be good to start with the basics: is the doctor accepting new patients, do they accept your insurance? Is the doctor board certified, and in which field, will there be a language barrier, will race, age, and religion have an impact on care? Will you be looking for an individual or a practice? Does the doctor have a specific hospital that they admit patients to?
You will need to consider location, how far are you willing to travel, whether there is convenient parking, and does it require payment. Can you travel using transit or the subway? How accessible is the office, will there be ramps or an elevator? Will the hours they are open work with your schedule, is there a time when the doctor returns phone calls or accepts calls for non- emergency questions? Will the doctor accept emails, or do house calls, and will he charge for the service? How far in advance do you need to make an appointment? What is the procedure for urgent care, will the doctor be available in an emergency? Who is the doctor’s relief after hours or on vacation? You may also want to know how long the doctor has scheduled each appointment to make sure all your questions and concerns can be addressed in the allotted time slot. You may also want to clarify who you will be seeing at each appointment, after all their schedules can be quite hectic. It is also a good idea to discuss testing, prescription medication, x-rays and how much they will cost so you can determine how much out of pocket you may pay.
Nowadays information can be found quite quickly it is good practice to find out if your doctor’s the office shares your information and with whom. Last but not least will they advocate for you when it comes to specialists and insurance companies making sure that you are properly taken care to help maintain optimal health? We serve patients from El Cajon CA, Alpine CA, Wells Park CA, Hillsdale CA, Rancho San Diego CA, Santee CA, and Jamul CA.
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