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3 Types of Tests You Can Have Done at Urgent Care Centers

March 9, 2016

As the cost of healthcare continues to rise across the country, more and more people are turning to urgent care facilities. These less-traditional avenues of diagnosis and treatment combine the expertise of any similar medical facility with incredible convenience. In fact, about 80% of patients at urgent care centers are treated within an hour of arriving, while more than half (57%) within 15 minutes.

Although they’ve been around in the U.S. for nearly 50 years, they’ve exponentially increased in popularity thanks in large part to the high-quality staff many now employ. Approximately 66% of centers employ a mix of physicians, nurse practitioners or physician assistants, and almost always have at least one qualified physician on at all times.

Treatment is usually what people think of when they have a medical issue, but before you can even get to that point, you must first determine what exactly is wrong. To do that, sometimes a variety of different tests or certain testing must be done. Here are a couple of the common tests urgent care clinics offer in speedy and affordable fashion.

  1. Sexually Transmitted Diseases: STD tests are not something anyone particularly wants to have to worry about, but they are very important for those that are sexually active. AFC/Doctors Express Urgent Care offers a variety of different STD tests if you believe you may have contracted a disease or just want to be safe and responsible before engaging in any sexual activity with a new partner.
  2. Acute Illnesses: Whether it be the common cold, the flu, or something else, urgent care centers have the lab services needed to diagnose many acute illnesses, right on the spot immediately after seeing patients. No more waiting around for day for your doctor to call you back after they wait to send it to a lab. The faster you can get on antibiotics, the faster you can start feeling better,
  3. X-Rays: For severe broken bones or compound fractures, it’s best to go directly to an emergency room, but if it’s a smaller fracture or you’re unsure of the damage’s extent, urgent care clinics also have X-ray services.

Before you can treat an ailment you must first diagnose the problem. We’re proud of the work our team and facilities can do and think you will be pleased by it too.