As summer settles in, injuries and illnesses like sunburns, dehydration and insect bites can cause a rush to your local emergency room, urgent care or primary care physician. With all the options for medical care, it can be confusing to know the best place to go for you and your family.
“Going to the right place for care can often lead to a better experience and outcome for patients because it’s the right care, the right time and in the right place and can lead to lower costs,” states Dante Richardson, MD, medical director for Centra Care Adventist HealthCare Urgent Care.
Adventist HealthCare offers quality medical care throughout Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties including, 10 primary care offices with Adventist Medical Group; Centra Care Adventist HealthCare Urgent Care in Rockville, Germantown and Laurel; and emergency care at Shady Grove Medical Center, Washington Adventist Hospital and the Germantown Emergency Center. Find a location near you.
Here are some of the types of care you can find in the community.
Primary care provides care for chronic (ongoing) and minor illnesses and preventive medical care for the whole family. Primary care is typically provided by appointment only. Your relationship with a primary care physician is important as they help manage any chronic conditions, detect and screen for potential illness, coordinate care and help keep you well throughout the year.
Some common conditions treated by primary care are:
- Chronic disease management
- Heart health
- High cholesterol
- Pre-operative exams
- Preventive health screenings- colon cancer, breast cancer, prostate
- Thyroid conditions
- Women’s and men’s health and wellness exams
Urgent care offers care for all ages, usually 6 months and older, for minor illnesses and injuries. Urgent care centers are open every day with extended hours and take walk ins. An urgent care center cannot manage chronic conditions like high blood pressure, cholesterol or diabetes.
You can find care for some of the following common conditions at urgent care:
- Cold, flu, fever
- Cuts (stitches)
- Ear aches
- Insect bites
- Minor burns, including sunburns
- Pink eye
- Seasonal allergies
- Sore throat
- Sprains & strains
Emergency care provides acute care for major illnesses and injuries for all ages, even newborns. Emergency departments are open 24/7 and anyone can walk in for treatment. Wait times may be higher at an emergency department and cost will vary based on insurance coverage.
Go to the emergency room right away if you have any of the following:
- Chest pain
- Compound fractures (bones visible)
- Difficulty breathing
- Ingestion of poisons
- Major head injury
- Major trauma
- Severe burns
- Snake bites
- Uncontrollable bleeding