Urgent care is your first stop for any non-life-threatening medical problem that requires attention within a 24-hour period. For many people, an urgent care center is different from their regular primary care physician’s office.
However, here at Omni-Med Family Care & Urgent Care in Florham Park, New Jersey, Dr. Roger DiRuggiero and his staff provide primary care, urgent care, and industrial medicine services for patients seven days a week, including evenings. That means we can be both your primary care office and your urgent care center, optimizing your continuity of care.
What conditions can urgent care treat?
Urgent care centers treat mild-to-serious medical conditions that are not life-threatening. These include, but are not limited to:
- Sore throat and fever
- Sinus and ear infections
- Upper respiratory infections
- Pneumonia or the flu
- Conjunctivitis (pink eye)
- Nausea, diarrhea, or vomiting
- Sprains, strains, and fractures
- Lacerations, wounds, and burns
- Mild concussions
- Migraines or other headaches
- Allergic reactions not as serious as anaphylactic shock
- Asthma attacks
What diagnostic services does urgent care provide?
Because we treat so many different conditions, we have a wide array of diagnostic services available. These include:
- On-site X-rays
- On-site laboratory facilities
- Allergy and asthma testing
- Rapid flu and strep testing
- Medication prescriptions and refills
- Wound and fracture care
- Chronic disease screenings
- STD screenings
- Holistic disease treatments
We also offer primary care services to diagnose illnesses, treat chronic conditions, and offer routine vaccinations.
What benefits does urgent care offer?
Of all the different medical specialties, urgent care medicine overlaps the most with family practice and emergency medicine, though it possesses enough uniqueness that it’s really a separate specialty with a distinct knowledge base, skill set, and a wide breadth of experience.
Urgent care medicine’s broad scope allows physicians to care for both male and female patients of all ages and with almost any complaint. Unlike family practice, though, its primary focus is on acute medical problems.
Urgent care offers several benefits over emergency or even primary care. First, is that it usually costs less to see an urgent care physician than to see a physician in the emergency department. This is especially important for lower-income patients or those with no insurance.
Second, urgent care offers walk-in visits that include after-hours, such as weekends and evenings, when primary care physician offices are generally closed.
And third, you generally spend less time waiting to be seen and treated in urgent care than in an emergency department.
Omni-Med Family Care & Urgent Care offers the best features of both urgent care and primary care. If you’re a patient at our practice and need urgent care, Dr. DiRuggiero already has your medical and family history on file, which allows him to more rapidly diagnose and treat your injury or illness.
Can urgent care replace going to the emergency room?
While urgent care is more accessible and costs less than going to the emergency room, it cannot replace the ER for certain conditions.
Hospital emergency rooms are prepared to treat the most serious injuries and medical situations, including:
- Heart attacks/chest pain
- Difficulty breathing
- Stroke/sudden paralysis
- Loss of consciousness
- Bleeding that can’t be staunched
- Head injuries
- Severe burns
- Emotional or mental health emergencies
- Trauma cases, such as car accidents and gunshot wounds
For most serious but not life-threatening conditions, though, urgent care is your best choice.
Please note that Omni-Med Family Care & Urgent Care is taking the COVID-19 situation very seriously. We are pre-screening all patients to ensure the safety of other patients and our staff. We’re also offering telemedicine services and car visits. If you’re in need of urgent care or other health services, please give our office a call at 973-377-8776 or send us a message online.