What to Expect When Visiting a Walk-In Clinic

Going to a walk-in clinic for the first time can be an intimidating experience for many, especially when severely injured or ill. By knowing what to expect before going in, however, you can calm your nerves and be able to respond to any problematic obstacles that may come your way. In the event you are taking your child to the walk-in clinic for the first time, it’s helpful to educate them on the process as well.

Visiting a Walk-In Clinic

Ultimately, visiting a walk-in clinic is a reasonably comfortable experience as the nurses and doctors are usually more relaxed and in better spirits than what is found at the emergency room. The following is what you can expect when entering a walk-in clinic for the first time.

Short Wait

Many who attend a walk-in clinic become frustrated, thinking there isn’t supposed to be a wait at a walk-in clinic. While no wait for the patients would be great for the patients and physicians alike, it’s more important that the physicians take their time and provide patients quality care when they can treat them without trying to rush to get them out. With that said, the wait time at a walk-in clinic is typically between 15 and 30 minutes, which is far shorter than the wait at the emergency room or a doctor’s office.

Friendly Service

Emergency rooms are frequently jam-packed and are challenged with multiple life or death situations each day. As a result, and through no fault of their own, they tend to have much more stressed physicians who have a priority of treating the more severe situations with more care and the less severe cases as quickly as they possibly can. Walk-in clinics, on the other hand, provide friendly service in a relaxed environment, which is perfect for children who may be nervous when receiving medical treatment.

Quality Care

Although walk-in clinics aren’t ideal for life-threatening injuries or illnesses, they are fantastic at providing quality care for minor injuries and illness, such as deep cuts, muscle strains and flu symptoms. In general, walk-in clinics take their time with patients to properly diagnose and provide treatment options for every patient that comes in. For situations where a walk-in clinic isn’t able to adequately treat a patient, they can recommend the patient to a specialist or hospital that can meet their exact needs.

Diagnosis & Treatment

For most minor injuries and illnesses, walk-in clinics can quickly and accurately diagnose and treat patients. Most walk-in clinics have a variety of testing options available to them, including the ability to conduct blood work and quality physicians who know the right questions to ask. After diagnosis, walk-in clinics can treat patients in a variety of ways, including providing pain medication, bandaging wounds and much more. Walk-in clinics are also able to work directly with a specialist to relay information to a patient’s primary care physician.

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