Many minor illnesses and ailments can be diagnosed via phone or video conference with your healthcare provider. This “virtual” care method streamlines diagnoses and treatment plans while enabling patients to seek care from the comfort of their homes. But how does virtual urgent care work? We’ll explain when to seek out urgent care virtually, and how the process works through Xpress Wellness Urgent Care.
What is Virtual Urgent Care?
Urgent care addresses illnesses, injuries, or conditions that are not considered an emergency but are serious enough to seek out prompt medical treatment. Adults and children alike can participate in virtual urgent care visits for fast and convenient care. This type of care provides patients with an accessible mid-point between primary care and emergency room visits.
Some common reasons patients seek out urgent care include:
- Cold and flu symptoms
- Pink eye
- Minor injuries
It’s important to note that virtual urgent care is not a replacement for emergency visits, and patients should seek in-person emergency care if severe symptoms are present. These symptoms include, but are not limited to:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Loss of consciousness
- Deep lacerations
- Persistent fevers, or those over 104℉
- A temperature of 100.4℉ or higher in infants under 3 months of age
- Severe or sudden headaches
What Do I Need to Participate in Virtual Urgent Care?
You will need a device with a stable internet connection, as well as a camera and microphone. Smartphones, tablets, or computers are all appropriate devices to facilitate a virtual urgent care appointment. Be sure to be in a quiet, well-lit area for the duration of your virtual urgent care visit so that the healthcare provider can make an accurate assessment. Additionally, have a list of current medications or allergies, and the information for your preferred pharmacy ready for your visit.
How Does Virtual Urgent Care Work?
If you or a loved one is feeling under the weather, driving to your doctor’s office and sitting in a waiting room may feel overwhelming. Virtual urgent care offers the opportunity to speak with a healthcare provider from your own home, eliminating the need to expend already depleted energy stores. And, by seeing a doctor virtually, you’ll reduce your contact with others and help prevent the spread of illness.
At Xpress Wellness Urgent Care, scheduling a virtual urgent care visit is fast and easy. Virtual urgent care visits can be scheduled for patients 8 years and older, and are available Monday-Friday from 8 am to 8 pm to accommodate busy schedules. Just choose your state, select a time, and describe your reason for requesting virtual urgent care. You’ll receive an appointment confirmation via text that includes a secure link to access your visit. At your appointment time, simply click the provided link and your provider will appear on-screen to talk in real time about your concerns. After your visit, any necessary prescriptions will be sent electronically to your pharmacy of choice.
Virtual Urgent Care To Feel Better, Faster
Xpress Wellness Urgent Care offers the same care virtually that you would expect in person. Our virtual urgent care providers have the same qualifications and training and offer the same personalized and attentive care as those in our offices. By meeting with a provider virtually, your urgent care needs can be addressed promptly and comfortably, and any necessary prescriptions sent immediately following your visit. Virtual urgent care visits take some of the hassle out of being sick, letting you get back to focusing on feeling better, faster.