Injuries and illnesses don’t follow a schedule. In fact, it often seems like they happen when we least expect them. The unpredictability of urgent medical issues can make it harder to get treatment, especially if you have a busy schedule or other obligations like kids or older family members to think about.
In these situations, heading to the emergency room (ER) for quick care might seem like a good solution. But the ER comes with high costs, exposure to germs, and very long wait times. That’s because the ER is designed specifically to care for people with severe medical problems that need emergency treatment, which means it could be hours before a provider is available to tend to less serious medical needs.
At Catalyst Medical Group, our providers offer express care, a walk-in, urgent care service aimed at helping patients get prompt care for medical concerns, so they can feel better fast. In this post, learn when express care is the right choice for your needs and when a trip to the ER is a better option.
Express care features the same personalized care and treatment our patients receive at a scheduled visit. Each appointment begins with an evaluation of your urgent medical concern, along with a review of your medical history, including any medications or supplements you may be taking.
Depending on your issue, we may order lab tests or diagnostic imaging to obtain as much information as possible. Next, our team prescribes treatment to help you feel better and restore optimal health.
In some cases, we provide prescriptions or referrals to other health care providers for more complex needs. After your visit, we can forward your appointment information to your primary care doctor for follow-up as needed.
While express care is a great option for people with urgent care needs, there are times when a visit to the emergency room is the better option. Knowing which service to choose is critical for ensuring you get the right care as quickly as possible.
Express care offers comprehensive care for people with a wide array of urgent care needs, including:
As the name implies, the emergency room is designed to treat medical emergencies and life-threatening medical problems. These include injuries and illnesses, including:
If you have a life-threatening or emergency medical need, head to the nearest ER or call 9-1-1 immediately.
Catalyst Medical Group is dedicated to serving the medical and health needs of the local community, which is why we offer express care services, seven days a week — yes, even on weekends.
During office hours, you can simply walk in for care. Should you need medical attention after hours call the team at 208.746.1383 to get care right away.