3 Reasons to Choose a Walk-In Clinic Affiliated With Your Hospital

When you’re experiencing an emergency health issue, such as a head injury or heart attack symptoms, you naturally turn to an emergency room. But when your health concern is simply urgent, not emergent, you don’t need to go to the ER. A walk-in clinic is a great option.

Many people have a primary care provider, or PCP, who they visit for annual checkups and other routine appointments. Illnesses and injuries, though, aren’t routine—and they rarely stick to scheduled hours.

When you need care for a health issue and can’t get an appointment with your PCP or it’s after hours or over the weekend, a walk-in clinic such as River’s Edge Hospital’s Urgent Care Department can help.

And there’s an added benefit of turning to River’s Edge Hospital’s Urgent Care Department. When you are seen by our providers, you have the peace of mind that you’re working with a walk-in clinic affiliated with your hospital. Here’s how that benefits you:

Easy Access to Your Records

Step one of nearly any medical visit is to provide a nurse or other clinician with information about your medical history. This typically includes details about your overall health, medications you’re taking and any medical conditions you have.

This process is simplified when a walk-in clinic can simply log in to a hospital system and access your records. Information in your patient records can supplement details about your current health issue, allowing your doctor to make the most informed diagnosis.

This goes both ways, too. When you return to your PCP or another provider affiliated with the hospital, he or she will also be able to access records about your walk-in clinic visit.

Simplified Referrals

If a medical provider at a walk-in clinic decides you need further testing or follow-up care, he or she will make a referral to another provider. When you are seen by a provider at River’s Edge Hospital’s Urgent Care Department, this process is easy.

The clinic’s staff will simply determine the provider or department within the hospital network that can best meet your needs and then help you schedule an appointment.

Seamless Transition of Care

We mentioned above that many people have a primary care provider. There’s a good reason for this, since a PCP can serve as the “quarterback” of your care, keeping an eye on your total health and connecting you with other providers as needed.

When you’re seen at a walk-in clinic affiliated with your hospital, like River’s Edge Hospital’s Urgent Care Department, we’re able to easily consult with your PCP after your visit. This allows us to pass along details about your diagnosis, treatment plan and any other information that may help your PCP provide you care in the future.

That helps ensure you receive the high-quality care you need at every step of the process.

When you need care for a nonemergency health issue, you can turn to River’s Edge Hospital’s Urgent Care Department! We offer walk-in care for minor illnesses and injuries.

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