Urgent Care Specialist

MetroBest Clinic

Medical Office & Primary Care Practice located in Washington, DC

Urgent care is an excellent option if you need medical treatment, but can’t get into your doctor right away. Milca Kaplan, CRNP provides quality urgent care to residents in the Washington DC area at MetroBest Clinic. Urgent care can treat various illnesses and issues and doesn’t require an appointment, but it can be a good idea to call ahead and let the office know you are coming.

Urgent Care Q & A

MetroBest Clinic

What is urgent care?

Urgent care is a way for you to get medical treatment if you can’t get an appointment with your general doctor quickly. Urgent care is also often called a walk-in clinic, as you don’t need an appointment. You just come in during open hours.

Though urgent care shouldn’t be used to treat all illnesses and injuries, it is a good option if you have a minor illness or injury.

When should I visit my urgent care clinic?

You may visit urgent care if you are experiencing any of the following:

  • Painful ears
  • Vomiting or stomach pain
  • Migraines
  • Back pain
  • Common cold or flu symptoms

Urgent care also treats minor injuries such as:

  • Sprained ankles
  • Broken bones
  • Minor cuts
  • Minor falls

When should I go to urgent care versus going to the emergency room?

Though both urgent care and the emergency room provide medical care when you need it, there are times when a visit to the emergency room is more appropriate. You should visit the emergency room if you experience medical issues that might require more substantial treatment, such as the following:

  • Deep lacerations
  • Severe head injury or trauma
  • Sudden dizziness
  • Severe chest pain
  • High fevers

Keep in mind that urgent care is an option for you if you don’t feel well and need to see a doctor, but can’t get in to see your general practitioner or family doctor for a while. Emergency rooms are designed to provide care all day and night for people with sudden, severe medical issues or who experience physical trauma from accidents.

What are the benefits of urgent care?

Most importantly, urgent care allows you to receive quality care quickly. It may also be less expensive than a trip to the emergency room, depending on your insurance.

If you're experiencing cold symptoms, a mild sore throat, or have a minor injury, but can’t get an appointment with your general doctor, take advantage of MetroBest Clinic’s urgent care services. Call MetroBest Clinic for more information, or contact the MetroBest office online if you have any questions.