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When Should I Choose Urgent Care Instead of the ER?

When Should I Choose Urgent Care Instead of the ER?

Life happens, and when life happens, you might need the care of a compassionate and experienced medical professional. Deciding how much care you need, however, may give you pause. You want to make sure you’re getting the treatment you need, but you don’t want to pay more than you have to pay or wait longer in pain than you need to.

Our staff of experienced professionals at Desoto Family Care Clinic in Southaven, Mississippi, is led by primary and pediatric care nurse practitioners who can help you stay healthy, heal, and recover from illnesses and injuries that slow you down. 

Our staff has the training to treat numerous minor injuries, but is committed to connecting you to the help you need if you require emergency services.

What’s the difference between urgent care and the ER?

People who are fortunate enough to have never needed emergency or urgent care may not understand that there are differences between these two medical services. It’s best to contact or try to reach an emergency room for life– or limb-threatening injuries. This includes any head injuries, especially when they may cause you to lose consciousness.

While a really bad cold might bring you to our urgent care facility, a severe COVID infection that comes with breathing difficulties requires the care of an emergency room medical staff. The differences between emergency and nonemergency medical services are important to understand, so that you’re able to get the type of care you need. 

Common issues treated at our urgent care facility include: 

Not only can our urgent care quickly and efficiently treat common illnesses and minor injuries, but DeSoto Family Care Clinic also offers monoclonal antibody treatment for certain cases of COVID-19. As mentioned, severe cases of COVID-19 require hospitalization, but our medical staff can assist with non-life threatening cases of COVID. 

We’re happy to help with anything to protect your health, but we also know that we might not be equipped to handle every medical emergency you may experience. Some examples of emergencies that should be treated in a hospital include: 

While this isn’t an exhaustive list of the types of care that emergency and urgent care provide, it’s a good list of the basics to remember as you’re seeking care for yourself or a loved one. Urgent care facilities can act as a stand-in for your general physician, offering primary care services with post-emergency care support.

While our professionals prefer that you have an appointment when you come in, we accept walk-in appointments as we’re able. 

Can I come to urgent care for follow up?

Your provider at DeSoto Family Care is committed to providing the care you need to recover from your illness or injury. However, if we’re not able to give you the treatment you need, we can refer you to a facility that will take care of you as well as we would.

If you need care for a minor injury or illness, call our office at 662-510-5353 or request an appointment online today.

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