Urgent care centers provide walk-in, extended hour access to adults and children for acute illness and injury care. Visit an urgent care when your condition is beyond the scope or availability of your regular primary care provider—or not severe enough to warrant a trip to the emergency room.
Centers are typically staffed with physicians, and may also have physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, medical assistants, and radiology technicians working with patients. Most centers also treat fractures, can provide IV fluids, and have x-ray and lab processing onsite.
Urgent care centers typically operate 7 days a week (including holidays) and are open between 8 and 9am, and close between 7 and 9pm on the weekdays. Hours may be somewhat earlier on the weekends.
How to Choose a Center
Many urgent care centers are Accredited or Certified – these distinctions help patients know what kinds of services are available. To learn more about Certification click here.
Other Medical Services
Urgent care centers may also provide other healthcare services like sports and school physicals, travel medicine, and occupational medicine.
In the US, the number of urgent care centers is increasing by about 300 per year - more in some areas. There are over 9,000 centers nationwide.
Note: Scope of service and hours can vary based on the facility. Be sure to familiarize yourself with your local urgent care center before illness or injury strikes.