Urgent care centers have become a popular component of the nation’s healthcare delivery system. These centers are designed to provide many of the same services that hospital emergency departments offer but with shorter wait times and much lower costs. Despite the growth of urgent care centers, many individuals are still unsure about urgent care and how it may benefit them.
Urgent Care at Patient First
For more than 30 years, Patient First has provided convenient and cost-effective urgent care. At Patient First, experienced physicians and support staff are available on a non-appointment basis from 8 am to 10 pm, 365 days a year, to care for routine injuries and illnesses. Each of our medical centers has x-ray and lab departments, and a prescription drugs dispensary.
Meeting Your Medical Needs
You can just walk in to any Patient First medical center without an appointment and see a physician. In most cases, your care can be handled in a single visit.
Patient First bridges the gap between the emergency department and your primary care physician. We routinely care for 60% of diagnoses seen in the emergency department, but with a shorter wait time and at a fraction of the cost. We also care for routine primary care office visit diagnoses. At your request, we will forward a copy of your visit record to your primary care physician. Our physicians and staff are available from 8 in the morning to 10 at night, every day of the year, for walk-in care.
Patient First physicians and staff treat a variety of conditions that include:
- Colds and flu
- Sprains and strains
- Sore throat
- Bronchitis and pneumonia
- Burns and rashes
- Immunizations and vaccinations
When you do not feel well, the last thing you want to do is wait. Patient First provides efficient service that meets your medical needs as well as your schedule.
First and foremost, the time waiting to see the doctor at our medical centers is usually significantly less than at the hospital emergency department. In addition, Patient First saves time by offering extended night, weekend and holiday hours. We are open from 8 am to 10 pm, 365 days a year, so you never have to miss work or school, or wait for an appointment.
Our wide range of on-site services makes it more likely that everything necessary can be accomplished in a single visit. Do you have a sore throat? Our on-site lab provides immediate strep test results. Are you worried that your arm may be broken? On-site x-ray capability allows our physicians to make that determination. Do you have a sinus infection and do not feel like driving to the pharmacy? Your Patient First physician can dispense prescriptions on-site. Bottom line: Patient First saves time so you can return home and begin the mending process more quickly.
Patient First offers convenient, physician-based health care at an affordable price. We accept all major health insurance plans and file all claims on your behalf. The cost of services provided in the emergency department can be two to three times higher than the cost for the same services at Patient First. In addition, co-payment for urgent care services at Patient First is usually less than half the co-payment for an emergency department visit.
Health Care that Fits your Lifestyle
Patient First is a convenient and practical alternative to the emergency department for non-life-threatening issues.
The following guide will help you to determine if Patient First is right for your symptoms:
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Visit Patient First...
for urgent but non-life-
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Visit an Emergency Department or call 911...
for more serious or life-
- Allergic Reaction
- Possible fracture
- Cut or scrape
- Ear or sinus pain
- Eye swelling, irritation, redness or pain
- Fever, cold, flu
- Frequent and painful urination
- Mild to moderate asthma attack
- Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
- Sore throat
- Sprain, strain
- Tetanus and flu vaccinations
- Chest pain, numbness in face, arm or leg; difficulty speaking
- Coughing up or vomiting blood
- Heart attack
- High fever with stiff neck, mental confusion, or difficulty breathing
- Major injury
- Severe shortness of breath
- Sudden or unexplained loss of consciousness
- Wound that will not stop bleeding
Patient First operates medical centers in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and South Jersey.. Please visit patientfirst.com for on-site services, a nearby location, physician biographies and current schedule.
1Source: Anthem Press Release – 7/21/11 – “Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Virginia Launches Initiative to Curbe Avoidable Emergency Room Visits” - http://www.anthem.com/health-insurance/about-us/pressreleasedetails/VA/2010/4262Source: Average Urgent care and Emergency Room Pricing. Aetna Strategic Contract Manager 9/08, as quoted in “Say goodbye to unnecessary ER visits!” Aetna member newsletter, October, 2008