Ouch! You’ve cut your hand while preparing dinner, and think you might
need stitches— but it’s 5:00pm and your doctor’s office
isn’t an option. The last thing anyone would want is to get stuck
in the emergency room for hours. Fortunately, an urgent care facility
offers a convenient option for just this kind of situation: injuries and
illnesses that aren’t quite serious enough for the ER but still
prompt you to seek a doctor’s care.
Urgent care centers and emergency departments are similar in the fact that
there is no appointment necessary and physicians are available after normal
work hours. However, there are several differences to consider before
deciding the best place to go for treatment.
Cost. It pays to think about the right place to go. Although you are receiving
the same care, getting treated at an emergency departments cost much more
than a visit to an urgent care.
Time. At an urgent care patients are typically seen on a first-come, first-serve
basis, so you’ll likely experience shorter wait times than if you
were to go to the ER where the most seriously ill are seen first. These
times may differ during seasonal issues (flu season).
Medical Situation. “Many patients who go to emergency departments don’t actually
have emergencies, which attributes to the issue of longer wait times,
overcrowding and more expensive cost,” said James Goforth, MD at
Catawba Valley Urgent Care – Piedmont. Urgent care centers are intended
for life’s non-emergency medical needs that require timely same-day
Some of the typical illnesses and injuries treated by the providers at
Catawba Valley Urgent Care – Piedmont include:
- Colds and Sore Throats
- Dehydration / IV Fluids Therapy
- Bone Fractures
- Sports Injuries
- Urinary Tract Infection/Kidney Stones
- Upper Respiratory Infection
- Eye Infection or Minor Injuries
- Skin Infection
- Gastrointestinal Illness
- Onsite X-ray and Laboratory Services
Acute Injury and Illness Is What We Do! When faced with a non-life threatening
medical condition that needs same-day medical attention consider the advantages
of choosing an urgent care center. Backed by the comprehensive services
of Catawba Valley Medical Center,
Catawba Valley Urgent Care – Piedmont is a convenient alternative for ready access to health care for minor
illnesses and injuries. Our physicians have a combined 50+ years of experience
in emergency medicine and their top priority of our physicians and staff
is to give each patient the highest quality of urgent care available.
Located in the Belle Hollow Shopping Center in Northeast Hickory on N.
Center Street, Catawba Valley Urgent Care – Piedmont is open seven
days a week with extended office hours from 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM, Monday
through Friday and 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM on Saturday and Sunday.
All forms of insurance, including Medicaid and Medicare are accepted.