VIP Urgent Care has recently opened in Tarzana, CA. The urgent care facility is run by board certified physicians with emergency room experience. Their state of the art facility provides the latest in urgent care procedures including in house x-rays and testing.
Many people are discovering the advantages urgent care facilities offer when compared to a hospital emergency room visit.
When you break a bone, cut yourself or are sick and need to see a doctor right away, rushing to a hospital emergency room may not be your best option. Emergency Rooms are often overcrowded and visits are extremely expensive. If your emergency is not viewed as an imminent life threatening emergency, you may find yourself waiting hours for care.
In order to address this growing problem a number of urgent care facilities have sprouted up throughout the country. Urgent care facilities offer shorter wait times and the average bill is only a couple hundred dollars.
Still there are precautions and things that a consumer needs to be aware of before visiting an urgent care center. Here are a few questions to ask before visiting an urgent care center.
- Who will be providing the care? Many urgent care centers don’t use board certified physicians. It is a good idea to call ahead to see who will be providing your care.
- Do they offer in house x-rays and labs? When you are not feeling well the last thing you want is to be shuffled around from one office to another to get tests and x-rays.
- What condition is the office in? A clean comfortable environment with a friendly staff is important. A poorly maintained facility may be an indicator of the doctor’s approach toward care. Check online photos to make sure the facility is well maintained.
- When should I go to an ER instead? Urgent care facilities can treat most conditions however, if you experience crushing chest pains or other life threatening conditions you should call 911 immediately.
- Here are some additional symptoms that may indicate an emergency room visit is required:
- Signs of a heart attack, such as chest pain.
- Signs of stroke, such as sudden onset of numbness in the arms or legs
- Severe shortness of breath
- Head injury
- Coughing up or vomiting blood
- Suicidal or homicidal feelings
Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act hospital Emergency Rooms have been reporting that there are more and more people coming to them for treatment. The increased workload has stressed hospital staff and resources. Urgent care is an excellent alternative that hospitals welcome.
If you live in the San Fernando valley and are looking for a first class experience and want to be treated by doctors who are board certified you should take a look at VIP Urgent Care.
Learn more at http://www.vip-urgentcare.com