Urgent Care versus Primary Care: What You Need to Know

In a world full of increasing medical specialization, it can be hard to figure out where you should go to get the everyday health care you need. Thankfully, practices exist where you can receive both primary and urgent care to handle most of your family’s medical needs, and we’re proud to figure among this group.

At AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Atlanta, our team of experienced providers offers a wide range of services that cater to the entire family. Whether you’re dealing with a chronic disease like diabetes or your child has an injured finger, our team specializes in both primary and urgent care, ensuring that patients get the medical attention they need, when they need it.

To help you better distinguish between the two types of care, we’ve outlined what you should expect to find under our primary and urgent care services.

The role of primary care

There are many definitions of primary care, but the main takeaway is that it’s designed to be first-contact care. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, primary care “includes health promotion, disease prevention, health maintenance, counseling, patient education, diagnosis, and treatment of acute and chronic illnesses.”

Primary care physicians, like those on our own team, are trained to expertly diagnose the most common health conditions. But a primary care provider’s role doesn’t stop with diagnosis, as they oversee your care from start to finish, providing ongoing support as needed.

For example, if you’re experiencing a chronic shortness of breath, our team reviews your symptoms, performs critical tests, and works to diagnose the problem. Once they have a clear idea of what may be causing your shortness of breath, which can be respiratory, pulmonary, or cardiovascular in this example, they point you toward the right provider for specialized care. Your primary care provider works in tandem with your specialist and often manages your condition on an ongoing basis.

Another key component to primary care is the preventive care you receive. To give you an idea of the breadth and scope of preventive care, AllCare Family Medicine and Urgent Care of Atlanta offers:

Through expert oversight and preventive care, our team ensures that you have the tools you need to keep your family in the pink of health.

When time is of the essence

While our primary care focuses on ensuring that your family is well looked after, there are times when you need prompt medical attention, which is why we also offer urgent care.

As the name implies, our urgent care services are designed to help you navigate those everyday emergencies that can’t wait for an appointment, such as:

This list is by no means comprehensive, but it should give you a better idea of the types of problems we handle through our urgent care services.

And there’s no need to make an appointment for urgent care issues, as we offer walk-in hours Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 7:00pm and on Saturdays from 10:00am to 5:00pm. 

If you’re unsure as to whether you need primary or urgent care, please contact us at (678) 904-5611 or use the online scheduling tool to set up an appointment.

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