Many consumers are likely to confuse urgent care services with “retail clinics.” Put simply, a retail clinic is a facility located in a big box store, such as a WalMart or a Walgreens, that aims to provide convenient healthcare services. These clinics are designed to provide the most basic preventive care services while you’re out shopping or picking up a prescription.
However, it is important to understand that a retail clinic is not a viable substitute for urgent care. A patient should not seek out a retail clinic for urgent care needs because they don’t provide a lot of critical services for patients. Here is a breakdown of the key differences between urgent care centers and retail clinics:
Urgent Care Centers:
- Provide patients with preventive care screenings, blood pressure monitoring, vaccinations, and other preventive care services.
- Onsite board-certified physicians are located at urgent care centers to provide and guide important healthcare decisions.
- Equipped with lab testing services that can perform STD screenings and blood work
- Able to treat urgent care injuries such as fractures, sprains, and minor bone breaks
- Walk-in clinic available during convenient hours each day
- Only able to treat a limited amount of urgent care injures
- Usually staffed by a nurse practitioner or a similar professional
- Usually limited in lab and x-ray equipment
- Only open during the retail store’s hours
Whenever you need urgent care make sure to contact First Call Urgent Care for your needs!
We can be reached at 410-730-3399 or patients can walk-in without the need for an appointment at 10981 Johns Hopkins Road Laurel, MD 20723.