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Defining Urgent Care Clinics

Urgent care facilities are medical centers with extended hours that are open to walk-in patients with an immediate health problem that does not warrant going to a hospital's emergency room. A certified urgent care facility either has a doctor or a nurse practitioner on site during the times it is open. The following are some common medical terms that relate to urgent care clinics and can help you decide if you need to go your primary care physician, an emergency room or an urgent care clinic.

  • Emergency Room – A department in a hospital for emergency medical needs that is open 24 hours for walk-in patients. If you have a life threatening medical emergency such as chest pains or a severe allergic reaction, you need to go to the emergency room.
  • Ambulance – An emergency medical vehicle that will take you to an emergency room. If you need an ambulance, you should call 911.
  • Clinic – A medical health center that is dedicated to the care of outpatients, those who do not need hospital care.
  • Primary Care clinic – A center offering consultation by a doctor, usually a primary care physician or family doctor. Most primary care centers have limited hours they are open and provide limited services. If you need a physical for work, or a flu shot, then you should go to a primary care center
  • Urgent care clinic - Urgent care clinics offer everything between primary care centers and emergency rooms. If you are sick on a weekend when your primary care center is not open, then you should use an urgent care center, as it will save you a good deal of money when compared to an emergency room.
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    U.S. HealthWorks Medical Group
    3680 Industrial Blvd., Suite 550-H, West Sacramento, CA 95691
    Serving the community for ten years, the West Sacramento Medical Center offers employers comprehensive occupational health services and state-of-the-art physical and occupational therapy.
    (916) 373-7575
    Sutter Terra Linda Health Plaza
    4000 Civic Center Dr, San Rafael, CA 94903
    (415) 492-4840
    Yong Qing Pharm Liu MD D DR
    181 Andrieux St, Sonoma, CA 95476
    (707) 933-0500
    Medical Center of Marin
    101 Casa Buena Dr, Corte Madera, CA 94925
    Medical Center of Marin is a fully equipped Urgent Care and Occupational Medicine Clinic conveniently located in Corte Madera, off of Highway 101.
    (415) 924-4525
    St. Joseph Health
    1450 Medical Center Dr, Rohnert Park, CA 94928
    (707) 584-0672
    Saint Joseph Health System-Sonoma County
    925 Corporate Cntr Pkwy Ste A, Santa Rosa, CA 95407
    (707) 544-5264
    Golden Gate Urgent Care
    2395 Lombard St, San Francisco, CA 94123
    (415) 796-2242
    Sutter Medical Foundation
    2702 Low Ct, Fairfield, CA 94534
    (707) 434-2070
    Blackledge Aaron MD Urgent Care
    508 14th St, San Francisco, CA 94103
    (415) 864-4444
    John Muir Health Urgent Care Centers
    2700 Grant St Ste 200, Concord, CA 94520
    (925) 674-2500
    St. Joseph Health
    6580 Hembree Ln, Windsor, CA 95492
    (707) 838-2044
    John Muir Health Urgent Care Centers
    1455 Montego Ste 205, Walnut Creek, CA 94598
    (925) 939-4444
    Jatinder Marwaha MD
    112 La Casa Via, Walnut Creek, CA 94598
    (925) 930-9120
    Bay Area Urgent Care
    112 La Casa Via Ste 135, Walnut Creek, CA 94598
    (925) 930-8200
    John Muir Health Urgent Care Centers
    2305 Camino Ramon Ste 108, San Ramon, CA 94583
    (925) 866-8050


    Urgent care clinics were first begun in the 1970's to provide patients with ambulatory care that could not be provided by their primary physicians. While they are often seen as an off-shoot of a typical emergency room, they were actually built to serve a different patient population. Instead of dealing with other medical emergencies, these centers can provide immediate, 24 hour care to those who are suffering from a minor infection, an asthma or allergy attack or the flu. These clinics are meant to give patients without access to their primary care or family doctors an option for treatment other than the emergency room. Most do not maintain an appointment schedule, instead keeping their days open to treat walk-in patients. Long-term care, such as wellness visits and regular heath physicals do not typically fall within the responsibility of the urgent care clinic. However, they are well equipped to deal with needs like administering antibiotic shots to clear up infections, prescription strength antihistamines to end serious allergic reactions, and addressing chronic coughs or aches and pains. Such centers are neither as well staffed nor well equipped to handle more serious medical emergencies, and as such do not offer ambulance service as an emergency room would. Online databases with lists of urgent care centers across the country are available. While they often provide the hours of operation as well as the physical location, few provide details on the quality of care that they provide. Talking to your primary health care professional is the best way to get information on the best urgent care center to visit if a medical situation arises when your doctor is unavailable. From treating minor bladder infections to allergy attacks, these life-saving centers provide access to qualified medical attention whenever patients need it.
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