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If you are ill or have a minor injury, you know how important it is to receive immediate medical attention to start feeling better as soon as possible. However, it may be hard to decide whether the emergency room or your primary care provider is the best option for care. Luckily, urgent care is available as a bridge between these two services that provides fast, effective care to help you get back to feeling your best.

At SouthStar Urgent Care, we are open seven days a week and offer extended hours so patients can receive the care they need on their schedule. We gladly accept walk-ins and have multiple exam rooms to reduce wait times. Our providers are passionate about providing world-class care and give each patient the same attention and respect they would expect from health care providers themselves for a positive patient experience. 

Urgent Care vs. Emergency room

Illnesses and injuries can often occur suddenly. While it’s vital to receive medical attention as soon as possible, it can be hard to determine what is an urgent medical issue and what is an emergency.

Some factors that may determine whether you should visit urgent care or the emergency room include:

  • Severity of health issue: Since urgent care is a middle ground between the emergency room and your primary care practice, it is a good option for medical needs that require attention but are not life-threatening illnesses and injuries. If you have a severe illness or injury, additional symptoms or underlying health conditions, it may be best to go to an emergency room.
  • Hours and providers: Urgent care clinics typically have extended hours and can order basic labs and tests, making them a great alternative to primary care practices. If you need care outside urgent care hours or require care from a provider in a specific field such as cardiology or neurology, it is more beneficial to visit an emergency room.
  • Symptoms: An urgent care will only treat a specific set of minor conditions. If you are experiencing severe medical issues such as head trauma, severe bleeding or difficulty breathing, go to an emergency room as soon as possible.

What Services Do Urgent Cares Provide?

In addition to treating urgent but non-life-threatening illnesses and injuries, SouthStar Urgent Care can provide same-day on-site diagnostic services such as:

  • COVID Testing
  • Sports or school physicals
  • On-site diagnostics
  • X-rays
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG)
  • Immunizations
  • Vaccinations
  • Sutures
  • Stitches

SouthStar Urgent care can treat the following urgent but non-life-threatening illnesses:

  • Fever
  • Flu
  • Cough
  • Congestion
  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Dehydration
  • Skin rash
  • Infection

Our providers can also treat many common injuries such as:

  • Fractures
  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Minor eye injuries
  • Lacerations
  • Abscess care

Find a SouthStar Urgent Care Near You

SouthStar Urgent Care is proud to provide accessible urgent care services for patients in our many clinics throughout Louisiana. Whether you are looking for treatment for a sprain or need a physical for sports, our providers will create a personalized treatment plan to help you feel better sooner. 

Walk in or get in line, online at a SouthStar Urgent Care near you today!