Urgent Care

There are many good reasons to visit an urgent care clinic, but the biggest advantage is speed and convenience. If you live or work in greater St. Louis, and are in need of fast, professional medical services, see Dr. Daniel Bekele and his staff at North City Urgent Care for relief as soon as possible. When you can’t wait to see your primary care physician but you don’t need a hospital’s emergency room, consider urgent care instead. You can pre-register with the online portal for faster service.

What is urgent care?

Urgent care is simply the term for immediate medical attention by a physician. Whether you require treatment for an unforeseen injury or illness, urgent care is a must for your health.

Walk-ins are always welcome at North City Urgent Care, and the caring staff is trained to treat several conditions without appointments, such as:

  • Nose, throat, eye, and ear infections

  • Colds, sore throats, and the flu

  • Urinary tract or bladder infections

  • Physical injuries and lacerations

  • STI/STD testing and treatments

  • Travel vaccines for children and adults

  • Other common vaccines (hepatitis, flu, shingles)

When you receive urgent care, Dr. Bekele or a nurse practitioner shares medical advice and performs diagnostic and treatment services, even if it’s temporary until you can receive long-term care.

In some cases, Dr. Bekele recommends a follow-up or a specialist. For more severe situations, he may advise that you visit your nearest hospital emergency room.

What does not qualify as urgent care?

Your primary care physician doesn’t provide urgent care, in most cases, unless the timing works in your favor. Any scheduled preventive care, annual physicals, follow-up visits, or treatment sessions with your specialist or PCP is not urgent care.

Urgent care is a convenient service used for an illness that must be treated in a timely manner, as well as for significant health emergencies.

However, life-threatening issues, such as major trauma, may be better handled by calling first responders at 911, or at the emergency room of your nearest, full-service hospital.

What are the benefits of urgent care?

There are many advantages to using an urgent care provider for non-scheduled visits, such as:

  • Same-day, walk-in service

  • Expert, quick treatment of many urgent issues

  • Shorter wait than most hospital emergency rooms

  • Most clinics are open 24/7, 365 days a year

  • Usually more affordable than ER services

  • Faster than visiting a PCP

Urgent care clinics provide a vital service that fills the gap between primary and emergency care.

Do I need an appointment for urgent care?

Appointments are not often an option at urgent care facilities. However, the North City Urgent Care offers an online registration for even faster service.

Visit North City Urgent Care when a sudden illness or injury strikes and you can’t wait for your regular doctor, or if the cost and congestion of hospital emergency rooms have you worried. Stop by anytime for immediate relief and attention.