When you experience an injury or are feeling sick, there are several options available to you for medical care. Typically, these medical facilities fall into three locations: a doctor’s office, an urgent care center or the emergency room (ER). As Bond Clinic celebrates our 75th year of care to the community, we are committed to patient access and quality care. So, we have created a short guide to help you navigate the most effective and cost friendly locations for common medical treatments.
Primary Care or Pediatric Office
Seeing your primary care or pediatric doctor should be the first choice for any medical situation that is considered a non-emergency. Your doctor will have a better understanding about your health history and medications that you are currently taking to help navigate the pain that is currently being felt. This option is perfect to help avoid long wait times and may only cost you a co-pay. We recommend having their phone number and extension placed somewhere with easy access. Here are a few of common conditions that a primary care or pediatric physician can help you with:
• Check ups
• Cold, cough, flu or fever
• Diabetes complications
• Heart failure
• Hypertension (high blood pressure)
• If something causes you concern
|• Lingering pain (pain lasting longer
than 24 hours)
• Prescription refills
• Regular health screenings
• Unexplained weight changes
• Other chronic conditions
If you are unable to make an appointment with your primary care doctor or need care outside of normal office hours, than urgent care is the next best option. Most urgent care facilities are staffed with doctors, nurse practitioners and medical staff that can treat a variety of conditions. The time to be treated and cost of a trip to an urgent care is much less than an emergency room visit. Bond Clinic’s Urgent Care is open 8am-8pm, 365 days a year and we are proud to have been voted the Best of Winter Haven for five consecutive years. Some of the medical conditions seen at an urgent care include:
|• Cold, flu or fever
• Eye or ear infection
• Minor chest pain/anxiety attacks
• Minor COPD/ Asthma exacerbation
• Minor burns
• Minor vomiting or diarrhea
• Pressure ulcers
|• Rash or insect bites
• Sore throat or cough
• Sprains, strains or sports injuries
• Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
• Wound infections/Cellulitis
• Other sudden minor illness or injury
We spoke with Bond Clinic Medical Director & Primary Care Physician Dr. Juan Rivera about the importance of knowing where to go when care is needed. “While we always suggest seeing your physician first, having an urgent care gives our patients a peace of mind if they encounter a medical situation that requires quicker response. These after-hour clinics can treat a number of conditions with professional caregivers,” says Dr. Rivera.
Emergency rooms are designed to treat urgent, acute or life threatening conditions and aren’t the place for routine care or minor ailments. If you feel you are dealing with a health emergency, call 911 or go to the emergency room right away. Otherwise, one of the above options will save you time and money, and clear the way for patients in need of emergency treatment.
Bond Clinic has a dedicated team of providers and medical personnel to care for any ailments that you might be experiencing. With a combination of multi-specialty physicians and our urgent care, we offer a full array of services to the Polk County community. Give us a call at 863-293-1191 to schedule an appointment or visit our provider page to learn more about our team.
Content provided by: Jared White, Assistant Marketing Director