Urgent Care Specialist

AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Columbia

Primary Care Physicians located in Columbia, MD

When you’re suffering from a health issue that needs immediate attention, consider an urgent care appointment rather than a bothersome trip to the emergency room. At AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Columbia, board-certified physicians Margaret Wang, MD, and Christopher Duke, MD, provide skilled urgent care treatment for members of the Columbia, Maryland, community. You can come in with any kind of medical issue, ranging from rashes to the flu to respiratory ailments. Call the office for a same-day appointment or book one online for your urgent care needs.

Urgent Care Q & A

What is urgent care?

Sometimes you have a pressing medical condition or incident that just can’t wait for a planned doctor’s visit. Urgent care means you’re seen the same day for problems that aren’t life-threatening but can’t wait 24 hours or longer for care.

At AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Columbia, you receive quality care and can get back to your family and life sooner -- and feeling better.

What are appropriate health problems for an urgent care visit?

Urgent care is appropriate when you have an immediate need that can’t wait a day or two for a scheduled appointment. Conditions seen at urgent care visits include:

  • Cuts that might need stitches
  • Skin rashes and infections
  • Mild asthma attacks and breathing difficulties
  • Vomiting and diarrhea
  • Broken bones in the fingers or toes
  • Urinary tract infections
  • A severe sore throat or cough
  • Sprains and strains
  • Fever and flu

At AllCare, Dr. Wang and Dr. Duke address these issues immediately and effectively. You’re seen right away, especially if you’re able to call before arriving.

If you’re not sure your issue warrants an urgent care visit, call the office and describe your symptoms. The friendly staff will help you determine if you should come in or not.

When should you bypass urgent care and go straight to an emergency room?

Urgent care is effective, but can’t deal with all concerns – especially those that are life-threatening in nature. Head to the ER or call an ambulance if you have these types of medical crises:

  • Symptoms of a heart attack or stroke
  • Uncontrolled bleeding
  • Deep knife wounds
  • Gunshot wounds
  • Poisoning

Why should I consider urgent care?

Urgent care services have advantages over visiting an ER or coming in for a regularly scheduled appointment. Benefits include:

  • Immediate evaluation and treatment for bothersome conditions
  • Less cost to you
  • No exposure to people with extreme illness

Another benefit of urgent care is that it leaves the hospital ER staff available to help people who have severe and life-threatening issues.

If you have a condition that needs immediate care, don’t hesitate to contact AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Columbia. Call the office or book online now.