Reasons to Visit Pediatric Urgent Cares VS the ER
Are you confused about whether to go to an urgent care or an ER for your health condition, illness, injury, or tests? Learn the benefits of choosing Columbia Clinic Urgent Care vs ER. For more information, contact us or schedule an appointment online. We have convenient locations to serve you in 82nd Avenue Portland OR, Division St Portland OR, Mall 205 Portland OR, Clackamas Happy Valley OR, and Tigard OR.
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Where should I go for minor ailment treatments?
Where should I go when my child has a cold?
Which one is better in terms of quality treatment?
Which option is more affordable?
If your child needs medical attention for a minor to moderate health issue or condition, then visiting a urgent care rather than the emergency room is a great option. For most of the medical attention that your child might be in need of, an urgent care clinic is often the better option – particularly for minor to moderate health conditions. At Columbia Clinic Urgent Care, our medical professionals will treat and diagnose your children with patience and compassion.
Here are the reasons why an urgent care facility is the better option for your child’s minor to moderate medical needs.
Provided that your child’s medical situation is not life-threatening, then a urgent care clinic can easily provide effective and efficient treatment. Urgent care clinics are better suited and, often, the better option when it comes to the treatment of minor and moderate medical situations, as opposed to going to the emergency room, where patients are seen on a priority basis – where serious, life-threatening situations are seen to first.
For treating the common cold or a flu, then typically the best place to take your child is an urgent care clinic and not the emergency room. Flu-like symptoms and the cold are non-life-threatening in children – unless they are a newborn, in which case you should immediately take your newborn to an emergency room – and are easily treatable by an urgent care clinic.
If you visit the emergency room, you will often experience lengthy wait times that may be frustrating in a situation where emotions may be running high. Conversely, urgent care clinics are able to provide faster wait times; your child will be seen, diagnosed, and receive treatment much quicker than they would at an emergency room.
As they are staffed by medical professionals with certified doctors on staff, an urgent care clinic is fully capable of treating your child’s medical needs. And given that they are trained in the field of pediatric medicine, they will be patient and compassionate when it comes to the treatment of your child. Urgent care facilities are also equipped with radiology and onsite laboratories, which allows them to quickly and efficiently diagnose your child.
At an urgent care clinic, you can walk-in and be seen on the spot without having to spend a long time waiting to be seen. Because urgent care operates on a walk-in basis – meaning that you are seen in the order in which you arrive – they provide much shorter wait times than you could expect at an emergency room.
Urgent care clinics are much more affordable than a visit to the emergency room, which can be very expensive even with good insurance coverage. Urgent care offers a more affordable option, and a visit to one of these clinics is usually covered by your insurance.
If you have any questions about our pediatric urgent care clinics, we would be more than happy to answer your questions. We serve patients from Portland OR, PDX, Happy Valley OR, Tigard OR, Milwaukie OR, Cedar Hills OR, Cedar Mill OR, Lake Oswego OR, Oak Grove OR, Vancouver WA, Aloha OR, Minnehaha WA, Gladstone OR, Tualatin OR, West Linn OR, Fairview OR, Oregon City OR.