Source: Selfish Mom

By Amy Oztan

May 18, 2016

I’ve spent some time in Emergency Room waiting areas with my kids during some after-hours health scares and sicknesses, and it wasn’t exactly fun. If you’re actually an emergency case, ERs can be wonderful (I can still feel the morphine they gave me during a gallstone attack a few months ago). But if you have a run-of-the-mill, non-emergency illness or injury, and you can’t go to your own doctor, the ER was not designed with you in mind. It’s not the ER’s fault, routine care just isn’t what it was set up to do.

I’m a huge fan of my doctor, and my kids’ pediatrician. But their hours are pretty close to business hours, and sometimes we get sick or hurt in the evening or on the weekend. And even when we are available to see them on their schedule, it’s really hard to get a same-day or next-day appointment with our doctors. The ER used to be where I would grudgingly go when our usual doctors weren’t available.

But not anymore. This is where urgent care, walk-in centers come in.

Urgent-care centers are the best thing to happen to health care since fashion designers started designing hospital gowns. In just the last three months, I’ve been to one twice, my husband has been once, and my daughter has been once. These were all visits where we otherwise would have had to wait days for an appointment with our normal doctors, or gone to the ER for something that wasn’t ER-worthy.

Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care centers are staffed by experienced clinicians: physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants. Each state-of-the-art Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care center can handle labs and x-rays. And if you need some sort of follow-up care, GoHealth will help connect you with world-class Northwell Health providers and services.

Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care staff members are also trained to treat children and babies (who are at least six-months old). There is nothing fun about caring for a sick child, but being able to go to a bright, clean, convenient centers makes things a little easier. And as a mom I know that when you’re frazzled, every bit helps.

GoHealth Urgent Care currently has locations in the NYC/Long Island and Portland OR areas, with plans to expand to other markets.

Over the next couple of months I’ll be going into more detail about the different aspects of urgent care centers and how they can benefit you and your family, so please make sure to check back soon when I write about when it’s appropriate to go to an urgent care center vs. an emergency room. But if you can’t wait, you can get a sneak peek with this helpful graphic about when to go to the ER and when to go to an urgent care center.

In the meantime, you can connect with Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care on Facebook and Twitter.