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Urgent care clinics offer wide range of services

When you have an emergency, where do you go - an urgent care facility or an emergency room? (Source: KLTV Staff) When you have an emergency, where do you go - an urgent care facility or an emergency room? (Source: KLTV Staff)
LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) -

When you have an emergency, where do you go - an urgent care facility, or an emergency room? Studies show more than 40 percent of patients will go to the emergency room for non-emergencies that could be treated elsewhere.

Royce Breeding has been going exclusively to a local urgent care facility in Longview for four years.

“They get me back in 10 to 15 minutes. I might spend 10 to 15 minutes back there,” Breeding said.

It’s not just the speed that impressed Royce. He says it’s the variety of what they offer.

“They do x-rays. They do blood work. Anything you need,” Breeding added.

Jay Marolsan is a nurse practitioner at HealthCARE Express. He says you should head to the emergency room for severe chest pain, shortness of breath or severe injury. 

“Those patients are more acutely ill and have a higher acuity of illness such as a heart attack or a stroke or severe injuries that often requires and immediate intervention from a specialist,” Marolsan said.

He says an urgent care facility handles a lot of the things people are going to the emergency departments for.

“Minor injuries such as lacerations, sprained ankles, even minor fractures we can set and stabilize,” Marolsan said.

Most of the services are done right inside the office. 

“Of course we can do oxygen. We can do EKG’s. We have a host of labs that we can do in house, including urine analysis, as well as blood work. We provide IV fluids, including several IV antibiotics,” Marolsan said.

Although every insurance is different, urgent cares have a slightly higher co-pay than a family doctor but are generally less expensive than an emergency room visit that requires a deductible.

“It’s easy to get in. There’s no appointment required. You can walk right in and see us," says Marolsan. "Typically we can get to you within a few minutes of your arrival.”

“Used to I dread going to the doctor; here, I enjoy going,” Breeding said.

Although urgent care facilities can treat the urgent needs of children, they do not typically offer routine vaccinations. Children’s growth and progress should tracked by a pediatrician.

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