By Joseph M. Soler M.D. F.A.C.E.P. –
The health care environment is ever changing and it has become more and more important for patients to under stand their treatment options. It wasn’t that long ago that we had two choices when something was wrong with our health. If it was an emergency, you would head to the ER or call an ambulance. If it wasn’t urgent, you would call your doctor and make an appointment. Fortunately, urgent care centers were established to fall in between the two concepts. What if you had a cold? By the time you made an appointment with your doctor, the cold would have likely healed on its own. At the same time, you probably didn’t feel like sitting in an ER, being bypassed by more serious injuries and illnesses.. Pinnacle Urgent Care Walk-In Medical Clinic, provides a bridge between a scheduled visit to a primary care physician and a trip to the emergency department.
Unfortunately, medical issues often present at a time that does not fit neatly into regular primary care office hours. Pinnacle Urgent Care accepts unscheduled, walk-in visits, with extended hours during weekdays, weekends and holidays. Clinics such as an urgent care clinic provide solutions for patients who do not have injuries or illnesses serious enough for the ER, but do not want to wait for a doctor’s appointment.
It is comforting to know that you have an option when a medical condition cannot be handled by your primary care physician – such as ear infections, fever or flu, skin rashes, unexpected cuts, wounds, burns, sprains or minor fractures. Pinnacle Urgent Care has an in-house laboratory and full service imaging department for immediate diagnostic testing with results given during your visit. MRI, CT, X-Ray and Ultrasound are available onsite for your convenience Consider the following next time you or someone you love requires urgent medical attention:
Cost and Payment
How much you pay to visit an urgent care clinic will usually depend on your insurance. If your insurance covers the fee, you can expect to pay a small upfront payment while your insurance company takes care of the rest. If you do not have insurance or your plan does not cover an urgent care clinic, you can expect to find a much more affordable fee than you would find in a hospital emergency room.
No Appointments Needed
The concept of needing an appointment would entirely defeat their purpose. Patients are designed to be seen on a first come-first serve basis. This means you will have to wait until it’s your turn to be seen however you can almost always expect your wait time to be far shorter than it would in an emergency room. This is one of the benefits of an urgent care center. Our priority is to ensure our patients receive comprehensive care in a timely manner.
If you have ever been told an urgent care clinic is staffed by technicians with lower levels of medical knowledge rather than licensed medical doctors and nurses, you were misinformed. By law, Urgent Care Clinics, must have licensed medical doctors and nursing staff on site at all times. So rest assured when you need medical care, at Pinnacle Urgent Care you will receive the highest quality care you should expect from a healthcare facility. In fact, Pinnacle Urgent Care physicians are with you every step of the way and even coordinate follow-up care, including hospitalization if needed.
Services provided by Pinnacle Urgent Care Center fills the gap between primary care and hospital emergency room visits, offering increased convenience and cost savings to patients who need medical attention outside of normal office hours. Our clinic provides patients with walk-in, extended-hour medical attention with licensed providers for a large scope of medical conditions and, for the fifth consecutive year, Pinnacle Urgent Care Center has been named the Bradenton Herald’s Reader’s Choice – Best Walk –In Medical Clinic.
Our team of licensed medical professionals at Pinnacle Urgent Care Center provide unparalleled medical treatment, with state-of-the-art diagnostic testing, and laboratory services for you and your family.
Pinnacle Urgent Care
315 75th Street West – Bradenton, FL 34209
Monday-Friday | 7:30am-7pm
Saturday, Sunday & Holidays | 7:30am-5pm
Closed Thanksgiving & Christmas