Urgent care centers are designed to treat those who need attention quickly but don’t require an emergency room visit. Urgent care centers do not require appointments and are generally open longer hours than a primary care physician’s office. For your convenience, our Tampa clinics are open 7 days a week.
Generally, they can treat everyday injuries and illnesses. Our Tampa, Florida urgent care centers can treat everything from colds and the flu, cuts, fractures, sprains and some dislocations. We provide immunizations, sports physicals, EKGs and X-rays. We perform minor surgical procedures, such as stitches, administer IV fluids, and offer labwork.
Urgent care fills a gap in the health care system created by two fundamental issues: increasing wait times to see primary care physicians and the cost and wait times for emergency room visits. According to the 2006 National Hospital Ambulatory Care’s Emergency Department survey, more than 85 million ER visits (or 71%) were unnecessary. The patient required “urgent care” but not “emergency care” and could have been treated at an urgent care center. Urgent care’s impact is showing up in three critical areas: time, cost and quality.
According to the 2009 Merritt Hawkins study, the average wait time to make an appointment with a primary care physician is more than 20 days. Patients with everyday medical issues are faced with two options: wait for that appointment, or make an unnecessary, costly visit to the ER. But the latter choice is not necessarily fast. The average Emergency Room visit lasts approximately 212 minutes. The average Urgent Care of Florida visit lasts less than one hour, and is a fraction of the cost of the ER.