When you need medical treatment, it is important to know the right place to get it. CLEAR Immediate Care realizes that many people are aware that emergency rooms are designed for life-threatening illnesses. However, you may be confused when it comes to urgent care versus immediate care. While urgent care and immediate care seem synonymous, there are some slight differences between them in the type of care they provide. Here is how you can distinguish between these two types to get the best medical treatment for your situation.

Immediate Care

Immediate care is a treatment option for non-life-threatening conditions. Typically, no appointments are necessary, and patients are seen on a walk-in basis. Immediate care can address simple health needs such as vaccines, physical exams, sore throats and earaches. Some medical facilities may offer both urgent care and immediate care services. Immediate care facilities are generally staffed by nurse practitioners and lab services are not offered.

Urgent Care

Urgent care offers the same services that immediate care does but may be better equipped for more serious health conditions. Urgent care can handle conditions like broken bones and stitches, beyond the realm of immediate care. Urgent care centers are designed to handle medical situations that need prompt attention within 24 hours after symptoms begin. Patients may be seen by appointment or on a walk-in basis. Both urgent care and immediate care can help fill healthcare needs after physician offices have closed.

Whole Health Urgent Care and Immediate Care

Knowing where to get the best medical treatment when you need it is crucial. At CLEAR Immediate Care, we focus on your whole health to improve your overall quality of life. At our medical clinic, we provide personalized treatment plans that include physical, emotional and mental health and wellness. Reach out to our clinic for your urgent care and immediate care needs today.