“Where should I go?” This is a common question for many people who experience symptoms of an undiagnosed illness or health condition. While the natural answer to this question is to go see a doctor, the decision is often not as simple as that. With urgent care clinics gaining popularity in recent years, people have more options to receive medical assistance and guidance than ever before. However, we wanted to take some time to explain that while convenient, there are some crucial elements of medical care that urgent care clinics simply cannot provide.

For many people, the appeal of urgent care is convenience and availability. Many urgent care clinics offer evening and weekend hours as well as walk-in appointments. However, unlike a primary care or general medicine practice, urgent care clinics rarely offer the chance to visit with a doctor. There is no substitute for the attentive care and knowledge that a primary care practice can provide.

In addition to offering the knowledge and expertise of doctors, seeing your primary care practice offers the advantage of familiarity with your medical history and other valuable information that can help during testing and diagnosis. There is considerable value in developing a sustained partnership with your primary care doctor that simply cannot be replicated at urgent care. Unlike urgent care clinics, primary care practices like Family Practice Center offer a full array of diagnostic testing including x-rays, cardiovascular screening, and more.

Here at Family Practice Center, we understand that incidents happen and sometimes people need to see a doctor as soon as possible. That’s why we offer our patients opportunities to see our providers via walk-in appointments and telemedicine visits. Walk-in appointments at Family Practice Center are available daily between 7:45am – 9am for acute medical issues and prescription refills. Dr. Tyler Wheeler also offers telemedicine appointments powered by eVisit™ for patients who wish to ask pressing medical questions or have a prescription refill authorized from the comfort of their own home.

We understand that time is precious. That’s why we do our best to make every patient’s time in our office as convenient, helpful, and efficient as possible. However, at the end of the day, there is simply no substitute for first-class medical care that a trusted primary care doctor can provide. For more information or to schedule an appointment today, please contact Family Practice Center. And follow us on Facebook and Twitter for additional health tips, news, practice updates, and more.