Waiting in the emergency room isn’t always easy or pleasant. Most often it’s very time-consuming; waiting rooms can make anyone feel uncomfortable. Visiting an urgent care center like Affinity Immediate Care may be a better option. Urgent care centers often operate on a more timely basis and can provide many of the same services that an emergency department in a hospital can offer, but at charges that are substantially less.
Urgent care facilities can help patients with a wide variety of health complications. They are able to treat many conditions and if necessary, can recommend qualified specialists to manage more complicated conditions.
For example, a rare cancer like mesothelioma probably will not be diagnosed in an urgent care facility, but it might be suspected. Many mesothelioma patients walk into a clinic feeling chest pain and coughing – thinking they might have a respiratory infection. But after an exam and discussion with a medical care provider, he or she might be referred on to see a more specialized physician.
The conversation between you and the specialist can make all the difference. If you are experiencing respiratory problems and know you’ve been exposed to asbestos, that information can significantly help the doctor evaluate your condition. Make sure to mention all symptoms experienced and explain your medical history.
How to Improve Your Visit
Though it is rare, an urgent care center may get backed up caring for patients thus resulting in a slightly longer wait than anticipated. Please be assured, the medical staff is concerned about any delays incurred in accessing care. If a delay should arise, there are several things that can be done to help you relax and maintain a positive perspective. If you’re feeling discomfort because of your medical condition, finding a distraction can be very helpful. In most instances your wait will be less than 20 minutes after your registration is completed.
Before visiting an emergency care facility (like a hospital Emergency Room), prepare yourself for the expected. You will likely have some waiting time and patience will be needed. If you’re walking in with a serious injury that needs immediate attention, the facility will make sure you get just that. The workers on staff will recognize when a true emergency patient needs to be treated before patients with less serious, non-life threatening conditions. If you’re in the waiting room and someone who came in after you gets seen first, try to understand that his or her needs may be more critical.
Recognize that urgent care centers provide valuable medical services and help thousands of patients every day. The next time you’re not feeling well or need immediate medical care for a non-life threatening condition, Affinity Immediate Care is prepared to provide prompt, high quality, cost efficient medical care.
Bio: Jensen Whitmer has been writing for the Mesothelioma Center for more than three years and he has an interest in spreading awareness about the hazardous effects of asbestos exposure.