Though walk-in clinics are becoming a more widely-known point of healthcare,
there is still a wide variety of myths and misconceptions that come along
with it. To ensure everyone is aware of their full healthcare options,
here are some commonly-thought walk-in clinic / urgent care myths, and
the facts you should know:
1. MYTH: Walk-in or Urgent Care Clinics Won’t Provide Quality Service
When visiting the Walk-in Clinic, you can be sure that you are getting
quality care from our experienced staff of physicians and physicians’
assistants. From treating a cold to X-ray services, it’s an excellent
option for urgent, non-emergency situations when you can’t get in
with your primary. They are also trained to know when your situation is
more of an emergency and will direct you to proper care when needed.
2. MYTH: You Only Should Go in an Emergency
Another common issue is the misconception that it’s another form
of an emergency department/room. Though some problems, like a moderate
or mild wound or a sports or work injury, can be handled at the walk-in
clinic, there are several situations where the emergency room is best.
Think of the walk-in clinic as a place for urgent matters, where the emergency
department should be for an emergency. Some reasons to visit our walk-in
- Fever, flu, pneumonia
- Mild asthma attacks
- Mild burns or wounds
- X-ray and lab test
- Work injuries or accidents
However, you’ll want to head to the emergency department right away
if you are experienced anything that could be time-sensitive and life-threatening such as:
- Chest pains
- Stroke symptoms
- Severe asthma attacks
- Loss of consciousness
3. MYTH: Walk-in or Urgent Care clinics are a Good Replacement for Primary Care
Though the hours are more flexible, and many of the same ailments your
doctor usually handles can be treated at the walk-in clinic,
it’s still essential to visit a primary care doctor for routine visits.
Doing so can help build a great doctor/patient relationship and allows
them to better understand your past health history along with your family's
This, in turn, will enable them to provide better testing and preventive care.
If you have a mild headache, fever, or rash, and can’t get into your doctor,
Walk-in Clinic in Gillette, Wyoming, is here to help. We can provide you with the personal
and quality care you need.
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