What Is Urgent Care and Why Use One In Sioux Falls

Posted on May 18, 2018

Category: Urgent Care General

From the child with potential pink eye to a rolled ankle on your way to work, minor illnesses and injuries have a way of happening at the least convenient times. If you can’t wait to see your doctor – but you’d rather not wait for hours at an expensive ER – Urgent Care clinics are a smart option. But they’re not all created equal.

From sprains and colds to imaging and blood tests, learn more about the benefits of Urgent Care - and how to find the right fit for your needs.

Emergency rooms are for traumatic and life-threatening injuries. Yes, you can visit an ER for any number of health issues. But the long waits (and increased expense) make them the wrong fit for certain situations.

If you have an injury or illness that needs attention, but is not traumatic or life-threatening, an Urgent Care clinic can be a great way to get immediate, high-quality care.

Urgent Care Situations

  • Allergies
  • Chest and head colds
  • Cuts that might need stitches
  • Dizziness
  • Earaches
  • Fevers
  • Fracture care
  • Heat stroke and dehydration
  • Injections
  • Irritated red eyes
  • Minor asthma attacks
  • Minor burns
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Rashes
  • Strains and sprains
  • Strep and sore throat
  • Urinary tract infections

Emergency Situations

  • Chest pain, numbness in face, arm or leg, or difficulty speaking
  • Coughing up or vomiting blood
  • Head injury with loss of consciousness
  • Heart attack
  • High fever with stiff neck, mental confusion or difficulty breathing
  • Inability to urinate
  • Life-threatening or disabling conditions
  • Severe shortness of breath
  • Sudden or unexplained loss of consciousness
  • Symptoms of stroke
  • Wounds that will not stop bleeding

Once you’ve decided that you need Urgent Care, it’s time to find the right Urgent Care clinic. Consider the type of care you will receive. Weigh the credentials of the medical staff. But above all, consider how visiting that clinic made you feel. Ask yourself these questions:

Was the waiting area bright, cheerful and clean? Did the front desk staff greet you with a smile? Did the doctor or healthcare provider listen to your concerns? Were you given clear instructions for what to do after you left the Urgent Care clinic? Did you feel welcomed, cared for and valued from start to finish?

At Sioux Falls Urgent Care, we’re proud to be physician owned and operated. Our team is led by Dr. Syed Shah, who is board-certified in internal medicine with over 30 years of experience. Our team works with your primary healthcare provider to coordinate treatment and follow-up care, if needed.

We invite you to stop in and visit us anytime for a quick tour and to ask any questions before you need medical attention.

Sioux Falls Urgent Care is open 7 days a week with high-quality, connected care and short wait times. That’s your kind of care!