From Walk-In Clinics to Primary Care Offices, Which One is Right for You?

June 6, 2016

From urgent care centers to walk-in clinics, trips to the family doctor or emergency room visits – there are more healthcare options to choose from than ever before. And while having more choices is definitely a plus, DRMC realizes that it also can be confusing when it comes to selecting the right option at the right time. 

Knowing who to call or where to go is critical in ensuring the ongoing health and well-being of our communities. At DRMC, our mission is making communities healthier, and one way we can do that is to ensure that our community members know where to go to get the care they need.” 

Walk-in Clinics
Walk-in clinics emphasize affordability and convenience for individuals with common, non-life-threatening conditions. Walk-in clinics are good options for out-of-town visitors who need care but may not be able to access a list of in-network providers. These types of clinics also offer affordable care to individuals who are uninsured or underinsured. Services may include treatment of: 
•    minor injuries, like burns and sprains
•    minor infections 
•    pink eye
•    sinus and sore throat
•    skin rashes
•    upset stomachs

Some walk-in clinics also offer vaccinations, pregnancy tests and routine physicals. DRMC offers two walk-in clinics: Family Healthcare Center Brosville located at 10390 Martinsville Hwy., Danville and Family Healthcare Center Mount Hermon, located at 2767 Franklin Turnpike, Danville.    

Primary Care
Primary care refers to a person’s regular physician or physician group – it’s where someone might go when sick or in need of preventive care such as an annual physical or wellness check. Typically, people visit primary care doctors for: 
•    annual exams and screenings
•    immunizations
•    chronic disease 
•    prenatal care 
•    earaches 
•    colds 
•    fevers
•    non-urgent healthcare needs 

Any person without a primary care physician can call 1.800.424.DOCS (3627) to find the right doctor.

Emergency Room Care
Emergency room visits should be reserved for immediate situations that, if not treated immediately, could result in the loss of life or a limb. These may include: 
•    symptoms of heart disease such as chest pain or severe shortness of breath
•    warning signs of stroke such as numbness in the face, arms and legs
•    severe bleeding or bleeding that doesn’t stop
•    automobile or industrial accident
•    poisoning
•    complicated bone fractures
•    major illness
•    head injuries
•    suicide attempts or thoughts

It is important to remember that the emergency room is for emergencies only. Anyone experiencing or witnessing any of the above, or any other potentially life-threatening medical condition, should call 911 or visit the nearest emergency room immediately. 

DRMC is an accredited Chest Pain Center and has been recognized for its ability to deliver potentially life-saving emergency heart care and continuously outperforms the national average in terms of emergency care. 

At DRMC, we are genuinely honored that our community members continuously choose us for their healthcare needs. We encourage individuals with questions about their healthcare needs to call the hospital so that we can make sure they get the answers they need and find the care that’s right for them.

To learn more about DRMC’s offerings, call 1.800.424.DOCS (3627) or visit