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When your child falls ill, you shouldn’t have to wonder where to go for medical care.
If your child has a fever that doesn’t seem to be getting better or they are dealing with a stomachache that is getting worse, who do you call? Instead of turning to a local urgent care center where they don’t know your child and their medical history, you can turn to our Clearwater, and Tampa, FL, pediatricians, also serving Westchase, FL, for all of your urgent care needs.
Thinking of the ER? Think Again!
While there are situations that are critical and do require emergency care, oftentimes an emergency room visit isn’t necessary. Unless your child is dealing with a serious traumatic injury such as a concussion or a critical or potentially life-threatening condition, the ER is usually not where you need to turn.
When you turn to most ERs, one thing you may realize is that they don’t typically have a dedicated pediatric staff that understands the specialized care that kids and teens need, particularly for more minor injuries and illnesses. This means that you may leave not fully satisfied with the care your child received, and you may still need to come to our practice for additional treatment and follow-up care.
When to Turn to an Urgent Care
We understand that in the heat of the moment it can be tough to know where to take your child for care when all you know is that you want to make sure that they are treated right away. We understand! Here at our Clearwater, and Tampa, FL, offices, also serving Westchase, FL, we offer urgent care to all of our patients. No appointments, no waiting. Our urgent care is great for treating:
- Minor respiratory issues or breathing issues
- Stomachaches and abdominal pain
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Respiratory infections such as bronchitis or pneumonia
- Allergies and asthma
- Urinary tract infections
- Sore throat
- Headaches and migraines
- Widespread or painful rash
- Ear or eye infections
- Sprains and strains
- Minor fractures and other sports-related injuries
- Cuts and lacerations
- Removal of foreign objects
Why Turn to Clearwater Pediatric Care?
Here at our practice, we put kids first. After all, our highly regarded pediatricians have worked extensively with critically ill children in the Pediatric ICU, as well as working in the ER. They have wide-ranging knowledge about how to handle and treat a variety of urgent health matters in kids and teens of all ages.
Clearwater Pediatric Care provides urgent care to children and teens in Clearwater, and Tampa, FL, also serving Westchase, FL. To schedule an immediate appointment with our team, simply call (727) 461-1543 or (813) 818-1543.
Urgent care clinics could ease your worries when your child needs urgent medical attention. Their primary goal is to provide urgent help in a timely and convenient way, making them an excellent alternative to your local emergency room or ER for issues that are not really true medical emergencies. They’re likewise great alternatives at times when you can’t visit your child’s pediatrician.
Here at Westchase Pediatric Care, we offer urgent care services in our Westchase, FL, and Clearwater, FL, clinics. In general, here’s what you should know about urgent care clinics so you know what to expect when you visit us.
Urgent Care DOES NOT Equal Emergency Care
Put simply, you should head to the ER for true medical emergencies, which are those that are life-threatening or very serious. Otherwise, you’ll be delaying the necessary treatment, as the urgent care clinic will just tell you to head to the ER.
That being said, urgent care clinics are capable of handling minor illnesses, including headaches, earaches, urinary tract infections, minor breathing issues, the flu, high fever, sore throat, and cough. They can likewise manage minor injuries like cuts that need stitches, minor burns, minor sports injuries, minor bone fractures, animal bites, and the like.
Ensure That You Have Sufficient Time
In most cases, urgent care clinics have a first-come, first-served policy. This means that your time will be dependent on how many people are ahead of you. So call in advance to check on the waiting time.
Prepare to Share Your Child’s Medical History
Unless you’ve visited our urgent care clinic in our Westchase, FL, or Clearwater, FL, location, we won’t have details about your child’s medical history, which is vital for the most accurate diagnosis and treatment of your child. In general, prepare to inform the doctor about any allergies, chronic conditions, past injuries or illnesses, as well as medicines your child is taking, including supplements, vitamins, OTC meds, and prescription meds.
Don’t Forget Your Insurance Card
Usually, major healthcare insurance places are honored in urgent care clinics. There’s a chance that you may need to shell out for a copay at the time of your visit, but visiting an ER is still way more expensive than going to an urgent care clinic.
Reach Out to Us To Learn More About Our Urgent Care Services
Walk-in here at Westchase Pediatric Care in our Westchase, FL, or Clearwater, FL, clinic or call us at (813) 818-1543 or (727) 461-1543 for more information. Dial our 24-hour number at (727) 346-4011 for more urgent concerns after business hours.
At Clearwater Pediatrics in Clearwater, Tampa and Westchase, FL, our pediatricians provide urgent care for children when severe acute and/or chronic health problems can longer be ignored.
What is urgent care?
Urgent care is one of the many services our pediatricians provide our patients, but what's urgent care? Urgent care deals with health issues like sprains, a child's asthma symptoms and ear pain. It is not emergency care. If you're dealing with a life-threatening condition, like heavy bleeding, chest pain, or head injuries, you need to go to an emergency room as soon as possible.
Any time you have a question about a health concern, you should contact Clearwater Pediatrics. You can also expect to receive care at our Clearwater and Westchase locations if you are suffering from urgent problems like:
- Mild to moderate lacerations
- High fever
- Persistent vomiting persistent cough, congestion and diarrhea
- Sinus infections
- Sprains and strains
- Asthma, hives, rashes, and allergic reactions
- Insect and animal bites
- Back pain
- Urinary tract infections
- Sore throats
- Mild to moderate burns
- Eye problems (irritations, discharge)
- Ear pain
What happens during urgent care?
The advantage of urgent care at Clearwater Pediatrics is dodging long waits, like those in an emergency room. Our pediatricians perform a full exam that assesses:
- vital signs (temperature, blood pressure, heart rate, and temperature)
- updates medication and surgical history
- assess symptoms, diagnosis patients and treats the problem
Would you like to consult your doctor about urgent care?
Urgent care is vital. People can't always wait around in emergency rooms when they need medical attention. So, if your child needs immediate medical care, Clearwater Pediatrics is the place to go. For more information call us today at (727) 461-1543 for our Clearwater, FL, office or (813) 818-1543 for our Westchase, FL, office. We are now offering telehealth visits from both our locations. If your child is sick please ask the office staff if your child's symptoms can be evaluated and treated with a telehealth visit only. Many symptoms can be and we may be able to save you a face to face visit. Most insurance companies have waived some of the requirements and are covering telehealth visits.