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When to Choose Urgent Care Over Family Doctor

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paramedic-24021_640We have been going to our family doctor for the last 16 years and we LOVE him.  We started going to him when Sabreena was about 4 and he is the only doctor that the kids really know.  He’s such a great doctor that he does everything he can to fit us into his schedule when needed but sometimes situations are arise where we need to be seen immediately.  Thankfully a new urgent care facility opened up near us and is less than 5 miles from the house. The best thing about it is that our doctor recommended this office if there ever is an incident we can’t get in to see him.

At first I was opposed to going to the urgent care facility because it was unfamiliar.  Quickly I learned having the ability to just walk in without an appointment, the availability of late and weekend hours and the neighborhood location this urgent care office is exactly what we needed. Just last week Melinda needed to make a visit to the urgent care for stitches and the next day Shaun and Shae needed to go because of ear infections.


Taking Melinda to the ER would have taken forever and our family doctor wasn’t even an option but urgent care was there for us when we needed it.  Most urgent care facilities offer the same options and sometimes even more than your family doctor does.  Urgent care centers are designed with busy schedules in mind, making sure non-emergency health concerns are taken care of quickly, at a usually lower the cost of an ER visit.  Your neighborhood urgent care center is the best way to prepare for the school year for immunizations and physicals and sports medicals, and a great resource for unexpected injuries and illnesses.  Busy parents can visit www.whereisurgentcare.com to find their nearest urgent care center.

To start this school year off on the right foot, families should be ready for anything when it comes to health and wellness so be sure to swing by an urgent care facility near you for check ups and physicals.

Are you and your family #UrgentCarePrepared?  Be sure to follow UCAOA on Twitter and Facebook


UCAOA Hashtag Giveaway Official Rules


The Urgent Care Association of America Twitter sweepstakes (“Sweepstakes”) is offered only in the United States and its territories to legal residents of The United States at least 18 years of age at date of entry. The Urgent Care Association of America (UCAOA) is the official Sweepstakes sponsor (“Sponsor”). Employees and directors of the companies, and owners and independent contractors of the UCAOA, and their subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising, promotion, and fulfillment agencies, and immediate families (spouse, mother, father, sister, brother, daughter or son, regardless of where they live) or members of their same households (whether related or not) of such employees and directors are not eligible.

To enter, post a tweet with the designated hashtag #UrgentCarePrepared and follow UCAOA on Twitter at @UCAOA. Five winners will be drawn from all unique, original tweets with the designated hashtag posted from August 15, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. CT to August 26, 2016, at 9 p.m. CT. RTs are not counted as a sweepstakes entry.

Entrants acknowledge that that Sponsor assumes no liability for an entrant’s entry or participation. All entries will be considered for a chance win. Entries will not be acknowledged. The person to whom the selected Twitter handle is registered will be awarded the prize. By entering, you agree to these official rules (“Official Rules”) and the decisions of Administrators which are final and binding in all respects. There will be (1) Visa gift card (MSRP: $50) awarded randomly to five (5) winners.

Winners will be notified via Twitter on August 29, 2016. Winners must respond via a direct message by Friday, September 2, at 10:59 a.m. CT with a valid shipping address and/or email

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