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urgent care centers: Which is right for your child? Dr. Dr. charles charles A. A. Welborn, Welborn, medical medical Director, Director, After After Hours Hours Pediatrics Pediatrics urgent urgent care care

There’s no doubt that convenience has become an overwhelming trend in our dayto-day lives. With the help of drive-thru dinner options and unlimited text messages, convenience is not lost on our busy population. It seems the health care industry has now caught on with the proliferation of urgent care centers. When it comes to our children though, we should be well informed about the various choices for pediatric urgent care. What do parents do during a Friday night fever spike, or a Saturday morning soccer injury, when the primary care provider’s office is closed? In the past, the only option was the emergency department. Now parents have another choice in the form of urgent care centers. The thought of not having to endure the wait time of an emergency room would appeal to just about anyone. Of course, you should always bring your child to an emergency department if you

think they have a life-threatening condition or injury. But keep in mind that an urgent care center can probably treat most of your child’s needs more quickly and with less cost. There are many types of urgent care and walk-in facilities. Some offer full services such as lab tests and x-rays, while others have more limited services. Some are staffed fully by board certified pediatricians while others are not. So how do you choose which is best for your child? The best answer is to ask your child’s primary care provider. Despite growing alternatives for health care, After Hours Pediatrics Urgent Care still believes in the critical role of the primary care provider. If the office is closed during an urgent situation, there will always be someone on call to help guide you. Or, be prepared by asking the primary pediatrician at one of your child’s visits what to do in these situations.

Input from your child’s primary doctor is very important, as they know whether the education and training of the urgent care staff is appropriate for your child, whether they perform the services that your child may need, and whether they provide records of the visit back to the primary physician. This last point is particularly important, as the primary care provider is the one who provides ongoing care for your child, and therefore needs to remain informed of any medications or other services that your child has received. So while retail walkin clinics may recommend a follow-up with your primary doctor, this follow-up is routine after a visit to After Hours Pediatrics Urgent Care.

ate and approved by your child’s primary physician. When parents need it most, it is comforting to know there are convenient choices for pediatric urgent care that don’t force you to sacrifice the care of the most important person in your life.

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