When Should You Walk In to Our Clinic?

Many of us don’t think a lot about our health — until we get sick. Then, all we can think about is what we can do to feel well again. While some minor health issues can clear up on their own, others may require a doctor’s attention.

With a walk-in visit at Coopersburg Family Practice, you can get the medical treatment you need for lots of acute and chronic medical issues without a pre-scheduled appointment. Here’s when a walk-in visit at our practice can be the right choice for your wellness needs.

When walk-in visits make sense

Obviously, some medical problems — including life-threatening issues — require a trip to the emergency room. But walk-in visits can be a great choice for most nonemergency medical problems. That includes a variety of issues, such as:

With a walk-in visit, our team still provides the high level of care of a scheduled visit, so you can feel confident in your treatment. And, just like a scheduled visit, our team can write prescriptions and provide other therapies tailored to your needs.

Walk-in visits vs. emergency room care and scheduled visits

For many people with nonemergency health issues, heading to an emergency room might seem like a good option for getting prompt medical treatment. However, walking in to our clinic offers a lot of important advantages compared to visiting an ER.

Less waiting

Most ERs are busy throughout the day. An ER is not a “first-come, first-served” environment. They see patients based on the severity of their medical issue. That means you’ll probably end up waiting a lot longer before seeing a doctor compared to a walk-in visit, where we provide prompt care for every patient we see.

Fewer people offers another important advantage. Many people who visit ERs have significant illnesses. Sitting around in an ER waiting room means you might be exposed to those illnesses, especially if they’re airborne. At our practice, less waiting and fewer people can limit those exposures.

Less cost

Yes, you could go to an emergency room for acute or chronic medical treatment. But if you do, prepare for really high out-of-pocket costs — even with insurance. Emergency care costs a lot more than a walk-in visit at our practice, mainly because ERs just aren’t designed for more routine medical care. 

Even if you have a relatively minor health issue, you still share in the costs of running that ER. Our practice is set up to provide care for many common — and some not-so-common — health issues, which means you can save a lot of money without compromising your care.

No scheduling hassles

The most obvious benefit of walk-in visits as opposed to scheduled visits is there’s no need to make an appointment. You can come in whenever it’s most convenient for you. And if you’re not feeling well, you don’t have to wait hours or even days before seeing a doctor. You just walk in, sign our register, and get the care you need right away.

Custom care for your unique health needs

Walk-in visits, same-day appointments, and advanced-scheduled appointments all serve important roles in helping patients get the care they need, when they need it. At Coopersburg Family Practice, we offer a variety of visit options to give our patients plenty of options for maintaining their health.

If you need urgent medical care, just stop by Coopersburg Family Practice. You can also book an appointment over the phone.

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