Urgent Care in Rockville Maryland Open 7 Days A Week
Urgent care clinics are able to take on many patients while providing high-quality health care on a walk-in basis with a much shorter wait time. Physicians Now Urgent Care offers comprehensive and specialized care. Contact us today for more information or schedule an appointment online. We are conveniently located at 15215 Shady Grove Road, Suite 100, Rockville, MD 20850.
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Urgent care clinics have become a vital part of the health care system in relieving strain placed both on emergency medical care as well as primary care. One of the primary reasons why emergency rooms have such a long wait time and are frequently at capacity is due to the number of patients that visit with medical conditions that do not require emergency services but are unable to wait for an appointment to be scheduled with a primary care physician. Urgent care clinics are able to take on all of those patients by providing high quality health care on a walk-in basis with a much shorter wait time.
Urgent care clinics are intended for the treatment of all urgent medical situations that are not considered life or limb-threatening but without medical attention within the next 24 hours could become a crisis situation. Acting as a bridge between primary care offices and emergency rooms, urgent care clinics can address all medical concerns in between to allow patients to access medical care when their primary care physician may not be available for an appointment on short notice. Urgent care clinics are able to provide treatment for injuries such as minor concussions, sprains, strains, dislocations, minor falls or accidents, and minor burns or cuts that require stitches but not surgery. Some illnesses that might require a trip to an urgent care clinic include infections, severe symptoms of the flu, a cold, or Covid-19, or vertigo.
The majority of urgent care clinics do not require previously scheduled appointments; however, many clinics will offer an online waitlist or reservation of spots to help cut down on how long patients will have to wait at the clinic before seeing a health care professional. Urgent care clinics are often able to offer extended open office hours on a walk-in basis to allow for accessibility to everyone regardless of work or school schedules. Since many urgent care clinics are able to offer services similar to that of a primary care physician’s office such as immunizations, testing, and physicals, reserving your spot at a time that is convenient for your schedule when you are able to plan a bit ahead is highly recommended. However, it is entirely understood that many visitors to urgent care clinics are making an unplanned trips due to an accident or unexpected medical situations. In those cases, you will be able to just walk into the clinic and still be able to experience a shorter wait time than most emergency rooms, and you can also call the clinic just before you head over or while en route to give them a heads up of the situation to further shorten the expected wait time.
The most common reasons that patients will make a trip to an urgent care clinic is if they are displaying symptoms of a minor illness that they wish to have treated or they have acquired a minor injury that needs attention soon to prevent the condition from worsening. More specifically, the primary reasons one may seek out urgent care include:
• A sore throat
• Symptoms of a respiratory infection
• An ear infection
• A urinary tract infection
• A skin infection
• Sprains of the knees, ankles, feet, or wrists
The total cost of a visit to an urgent care clinic really depends on what all is required for treatment. On average, a patient in Maryland that visits an urgent care clinic will spend between $200 to $300 at one visit that can include a 20-minute consultation with a health care provider as well as any required diagnostic tests such as strep throat tests, urine tests, or Covid-19 tests. There are other types of testing or diagnostic tools that can end up being quite a bit more expensive such as an X-Ray or CT scan. The majority of cases that are brought to an urgent care clinic will only require simple diagnostic testing so your visit will likely end up costing less than $300. It is always recommended that you check your health insurance coverage to be mindful of what you may have to pay out of pocket to prevent any surprises when the time comes to pay medical bills.
If you have any non-life-threatening injuries or illnesses, or have any questions, then we strongly encourage you to contact our team of leading medical professionals today at Physicians Now Urgent Care. We accept walk-ins and we are open 7 days a week. We serve patients from Rockville MD, Travilah MD, Lone Oak MD, Colesville Park MD, Redland MD, Darnestown MD, Anscroft MD, and Wheaton-Glenmont MD.