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An urgent care clinic is a facility dedicated to the delivery of medical care outside of a hospital emergency department, usually on an unscheduled, walk-in basis.
Urgent care centers are primarily used to treat patients who have an injury or illness that requires immediate care but is not serious enough to warrant a visit to an emergency department.
Often urgent care centers are not open on a continuous basis, unlike a hospital emergency department which would be open at all times. An urgent care facility have the resources to treat a wider variety of ailments that most primary medical offices are not equipped to deal with.
Thus, if you are unable to get a same-day appointment with your regular doctor for your common colds and flu symptoms or have an injury that requires a higher level of treatment such as a laceration or bone fractures, an urgent care clinic is a great place to go to. In addition, the cost of an urgent care visit is much more affordable than the emergency department.