What is an urgent care center?
Urgent care centers are walk-in clinics that provide immediate medical care to patients that are experiencing any injury or illness that is non-life threatening but must be treated within 24 hours. Urgent care centers often have on-site laboratories and x-ray machines, and some may have ultrasound services as well. Urgent care centers are best equipped to handle such conditions as injuries from falls or accidents, fevers, bad coughs, sore throats, infections (such as throat, nose, or ear infections), burns, lacerations, sprains, and fractures, among many others. Urgent care centers are not equipped to handle emergencies or any medical situation that is life- or limb-threatening.
Is there a difference between an urgent care center and emergency rooms?
If you are unsure of the difference between urgent care and emergency rooms, you are not the only one. Essentially, the difference between the two depends on the severity of injury or illness for which you need treatment. As stated above, urgent care centers treat any injury or illness that is non-life threatening but demands urgent attention. Basically, if you sustained an injury or woke up sick and you need to see a doctor, but you can’t get in to see your family physician that day, your best alternative would be to visit an urgent care center. You do not need to make an appointment, and the average wait for patients at urgent care centers near Oxford, MI
is approximately 20 minutes and is usually under an hour even on busy days.
Alternatively, emergency rooms are designed to handle medical emergencies, and the ER system can stall when they receive a lot of patients who do not need emergency help. A medical emergency is defined as a condition that could permanently impair your life. These conditions include but are in no way limited to uncontrollable bleeding, pregnancy-related problems, symptoms of a stroke, such as numbness, slurred speech, and blurred vision, gunshot wounds, deep knife wounds, seizures and convulsions, poisoning, and moderate to major burns, among many others. Medical emergencies threaten your life and/or your long-term health and your body. If you or someone you know are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911 or visit your nearest hospital emergency room.
What services are offered at an urgent care center?
At Pine Knob Urgent Care, we treat a variety of non-emergency conditions and offer a variety of services. We see people of all ages and offer pediatric services, physical exams (sports, school, and DOT), occupational medicine (workplace injuries treatment, medical evaluations, workers’ compensation claims, and pre and on-going employment status evaluations), Electrocardiograms (ECG), blood pressure testing, orthopedic treatment, and minor skin surgery. We also administer vaccines, such as Flu, Tetanus, and Hepatitis B, have on-site digital x-ray services and registered x-ray technologists on-staff, and on-site laboratory services that can test for strep throat, pregnancy, Influenza A and B, Mono, RSV, blood sugar, screen for drugs, and perform urinalysis.
Our on-site services ensure you will receive a quick, accurate diagnosis and our board-certified emergency medicine physicians and physician assistants will work with you to give you a comprehensive treatment plan. We can even send your results and treatments to your primary care physician so you can receive seamless follow-up service after your visit to our clinic.
Will my insurance pay for urgent care visits? Do you offer self-pay options?
We accept nearly all major health insurance plans at Pine Knob Urgent Care near Oxford, MI, including Blue Cross, Blue Shield, and Medicaid. We will gladly confirm if we accept your insurance prior to your visit, but it is always a good idea to call your insurance provider to find out what your deductible, co-pay, and co-insurance costs are.
However, because we know not everyone can afford insurance, but health care should be accessible to everyone, we offer affordable prices and self-pay options. Please call our office for more information.
Why should I choose Pine Knob Urgent Care near Oxford, MI?
If you are in the Oxford Charter Township, MI, area and you need immediate care for an injury or illness, you can trust the experienced and skilled team of medical professionals at Pine Knob Urgent Care. We are open 7 days a week and offer flexible hours so you will have access to a doctor even when your primary care physician is unavailable. Dr. Joshua Newblatt, a board-certified emergency medicine physician, and Physician Assistant Scott Bonzheim and their team of medical professionals strive to provide you and your family with efficient, high-quality healthcare by compassionate staff at an affordable price. No appointment necessary!