Let’s face it, life happens. Accidents, illnesses and injuries – as much as we would like to, we simply can’t avoid them. Though sometimes health issues arise that are truly out of our control, the one thing we can control is with whom we entrust our care.
While emergency care will always be the best option for immediate, life-threatening conditions, urgent care is a time and cost-efficient alternative for when life’s other health complications happen at even the most inconvenient times.
What is Urgent Care?
Your local urgent care clinic is a medical facility that provides care for non-emergent health problems or injuries that require immediate attention. Urgent care clinics are designed to help alleviate some of the demand on emergency care to ensure room for true emergencies.
When to Use Urgent Care
When you require immediate medical attention for non-emergent symptoms, urgent care can provide around-the-clock care for the following:
- Upper respiratory problems, including sore throat, earache, sinus symptoms
- Non-life threatening allergic reactions
- Minor skin infections and rashes
- Minor burns
- Insect bites, minor animal or human bites
- Minor complaints from car accident, without loss of consciousness
- Urinary tract infections
- Minor gynecological problems
- Minor lacerations, contusions and abrasions
When in doubt, call 9-1-1 and ask to be taken to UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s emergency department or consult a My UnityPoint Nurse, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Benefits of Urgent Care
Urgent care is the proven choice for more medically and financially efficient care for non-life threatening illnesses and injuries. Next time you or your loved one is faced with minor illness and injury, turn to urgent care for the following reasons:
No Appointment Necessary
Before accessing urgent care, it’s always a good idea to try to set up an appointment with your primary care physician. However, urgent care is available when you need it most, operating on a walk-in basis and without appointment or referral.
Shorter Wait Times
Emergency rooms are infamous for having full waiting rooms and long wait times. When possible, choose urgent care to avoid the wait and get the care you need, sooner. Please bring medication list, co-payments and insurance cards to help speed up the process even more.
Lower Medical Costs
Urgent care provides the same quality of care you can expect from an emergency care team, but at a lower cost. Choosing urgent care means you are likely to pay a lower co-payment than had you chosen to visit the emergency room.
Extended Hours, Weekends & Holidays
Whether your accident or injury occurs during the middle of the day, late at night, on weekends or holidays, urgent care is here for you when you need it most.
Looking for Urgent Care in Sioux City? We Can Help!
UnityPoint Clinic, located at Sunnybrook Medical Plaza, is Sioux City’s trusted provider of urgent care. Our compassionate and experienced team of doctors, nurses and specialists offer the most convenient and cost-efficient services to get you back to optimal health. Check our current wait times, and let us restore peace of mind that when life happens, you’re covered!