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How to Make the Most of Your Urgent Care Visit

Do you know how to make the most out of your urgent care visit? Ask yourself and your doctor the right questions and you will!

Getting quality health care starts with teamwork between you and your medical provider. Patients who take an active role are a lot happier with their care and see more improvement than patients who do not. Here’s how to prepare for your next visit to urgent care (or pediatric urgent care) and get the most out of your appointment once you’re there.

How to Make the Most of Your Urgent Care Visit

Do you know how to make the most out of your urgent care visit? Ask yourself and your doctor the right questions and you will!

Getting quality health care starts with teamwork between you and your medical provider. Patients who take an active role are a lot happier with their care and see more improvement than patients who do not. Here’s how to prepare for your next visit to urgent care (or pediatric urgent care) and get the most out of your appointment once you’re there.

Know Your Health History

To provide the best treatment, the doctor will need a snapshot of your overall health. Come ready to talk about your family medical history and your current conditions. Know the names of the medications you’re taking, as well as the dosage. If you’ve had any recent illnesses or surgeries, make sure to mention those as well. It’s helpful to create “medical information cards” for yourself and your family so that you have all these details on-the-ready.

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Know the Answers to Health Questions

To help the providers at the urgent care clinic get to the bottom of things faster, think through these questions before your appointment. If you’re taking your kid to pediatric urgent care, ask her to describe her symptoms before you leave home or in the car so you can relay that information to the doctor.

  • What’s your main concern?
    Describe your issue in detail. Use words like aching, cramping, stabbing, tender, or sickening to describe any pain and rank its severity on a scale of 1-10. What aggravates or alleviates things? Is the pain in one spot or is it spread out? Is it constant or does it come and go?
  • How long have you had these symptoms?
    Pinpoint when the symptoms first began. Have things worsened since then? Have you had this issue before? Is this occurrence different in any way?
  • What have you tried?Walk through any over-the-counter medications, naturopathic remedies, or other home treatments you’ve tried. Did they work?
  • Why are you seeing a doctor about it now?Tell the provider what made this situation urgent.

Questions You Should Always Ask Your Urgent Care Doctor

In order to leave urgent care with a comprehensive understanding of your issue and the treatment plan, you should always ask the following questions:

  • What is the diagnosis?
  • When should I expect to feel better?
  • Can you go over the medication? Are there any side effects? How will it interact with my current medications?
  • What would be a cause to come back in?
  • How do you plan to follow up with my regular physician or pediatrician?
  • Do you have a printout I could take home for care instructions?

An empowered patient is a happier and healthier patient. Remember to use teamwork at your next Solv appointment to get the best possible outcome.