Urgent Care vs. Emergency Room

Emergency Room Alternative in Natick, MA

It is important to understand the difference between a walk-in urgent care center and the Emergency Room. Effectively using the correct medical treatment center can save you significant amounts of time and money, and most importantly help save your life.
Urgent care is for conditions that require prompt attention but do not pose an immediate, serious threat to your health or life. In general, if your medical issue is life threatening call 911 or go directly to a hospital emergency room. If not, AFC Urgent Care Natick is an excellent alternative.

Some examples of conditions that can be treated at your local urgent care center include the following:

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Accidents and falls
  • Asthma – mild to moderate
  • Back problems
  • Bleeding caused by everyday accidents
  • Ear Pain
  • Eye Irritation
  • Fever
  • Migraine headache
  • Small bone fractures
  • Skin rashes
  • Sprains
  • STD Tests or Treatment
  • Sprains and broken bones
  • Sore Throat
  • Urinary burning
  • Vomiting, Diarrhea, and Dehydration

Discreet STD Testing

We know that sometimes the hardest part of healthcare issues, is not knowing. That’s why every AFC Urgent Care center has on-site labs and qualified diagnostic partners, so you’ll get results back in a timely manner or even before you leave. From blood work ups and analysis, to treatment and consultation, our qualified staff will give you exactly what you’re looking for. Peace of mind.

We can test for:

  • Hepatitis C
  • Syphilis
  • Herpes
  • HIV
  • Gonorrhea
  • Chlamydia

Some examples of conditions that require a Hospital Emergency Room include the following:

  • Amputations
  • Breathing Obstruction
  • Convulsions or seizures
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Drug overdose
  • Knife or gunshot wound
  • Loss of limb or severe broken bone
  • Poisoning
  • Pregnancy – severe abdominal pain
  • Seizures/Convulsions
  • Serious head, neck or back injury
  • Suspected Heart Attack or Stroke
  • Unconsciousness

Always use your best judgment in making a medical decision. If you have any doubts call your family doctor, 911 or AFC Urgent Care Natick. We are open weekdays from 8am to 8pm, and weekends from 8am to 5pm. For more information about the services we provide, please call to speak with one of our medical professionals at 508-650-6208.