A walk-in clinic is a healthcare facility where you can receive medical care without an appointment. These medical offices are also often called urgent care centers.
Think of a walk-in clinic as an ultra-convenient doctor’s office. It operates as if you could walk right into your doctor’s office without making an appointment beforehand.
Let’s talk about why you would want to visit a walk-in clinic, the differences between these facilities and emergency rooms (ERs), and where you can go in the Wellington and Royal Palm Beach area for convenient, personalized healthcare.
Walk-in clinics have doctors and nurses who can efficiently diagnose and treat non-life-threatening injuries and illnesses, such as a cold, flu, fever, sore throat, sudden pain, infections, and cuts. These healthcare professionals can also administer vaccinations and perform physicals for school, sports, and employment. If you’re going away on a trip and need to get specially vaccinated per your destination (which has been the case long before COVID-19), walk-in clinics also provide this service.
These urgent care clinics can treat patients who have minor allergic reactions, asthma, bronchitis, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. An urgent care center can also provide wellness checks, such as your annual checkup. This type of medical office is a great option for when your primary care doctor is not available.
Is a Walk-In Clinic the Same as an Emergency Room?
If you have a potentially life-threatening issue – such as a severe allergic reaction that is affecting your breathing or a severe traumatic injury, such as a blow to the head or being injured in a car accident – go to an emergency room at a hospital. Do not go to an urgent care or walk-in clinic. Hospitals are equipped with ventilators and other high-level medical technology that is necessary to handle trauma.
An emergency room tends to have a much, much longer wait time than does a walk-in clinic if you have a non-life-threatening health issue. That is because a hospital’s emergency room will conduct triage, which is prioritizing the severity of injuries and illnesses – and the more severe cases will be seen first. Low-level illnesses or injuries may take a long time to be seen by a doctor.
You may be surprised to learn that there is actually no real difference between an urgent care center and a walk-in clinic. People use these terms interchangeably, per their own comfort level, but they both mean that you can go to the clinic or the medical office without an appointment.
It is ideal to have a primary care doctor whose office also accepts walk-ins for sudden minor emergencies, such as a bad cut or a cold. Here at the Advanced Medical Clinic, we offer primary care and urgent care services to patients of all ages, and we accept walk-ins without an appointment.
Our staff can quickly assess your medical issue and provide treatment, thereby avoiding unnecessary visits to the emergency room. If you have any questions about our urgent care services or would like to schedule an appointment, contact our friendly staff today at the Advanced Medical Clinic by calling us at (561) 434-1935 or by filling out our online request form now. We look forward to being your healthcare partner!