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​​Graham Healthcare and Urgent Care​ is a health care facility for acute and immediate healthcare needs.


Definition of Urgent Care Medicine
 
What is Urgent Care?
         Urgent Care (UC) is the provision of immediate medical service offering outpatient care for the treatment of acute and chronic illness and injury. It requires a broad and comprehensive fund of knowledge to provide such care. Excellence in care for patients with complex and or unusual conditions is founded on the close communication and collaboration between the urgent care medicine provider, the specialists, and the primary care physicians.

        Urgent care does not replace your primary care physician. An urgent care center is a convenient option when someone's regular physician is on vacation or unable to offer a timely appointment. Or, when illness strikes outside of regular office hours, urgent care offers an alternative to waiting for hours in a hospital Emergency Room.

Understanding the Scope of Urgent Care Practice
         Because urgent care practitioners are on the “front lines” of medicine, they need to be proficient in evaluating and caring for – at least initially – any patient who walks into an urgent care medicine center or urgent care clinic. For this reason, there is some overlap in the scope of practice between UC and all existing medical specialties that involve direct patient care. Because of the convenience of UC centers, patients choose these facilities when they are unable to see their usual doctor in a timely fashion or choose not to go to a hospital emergency department.

         For most patients seen in an ambulatory medicine setting, the UC providers can fully care for the presenting problem, either independently or in consultation with other specialists and primary care physicians. Sometimes patients will require follow-up with or referral to other specialists, transfer to an emergency department, or direct hospitalization (with inpatient care by the consultant). UC providers
  • do not perform surgery (other than minor in -office procedures such as wound repair or skin lesion removal),
  • do not care for inpatients, and typically, 
  • do not engage in the continuing medical care of chronic medical problems.

        Of all of the existing specialties, UC shares the most in common with family practice and emergency medicine, though there is enough uniqueness of practice that UC, in reality, is a separate specialty with a distinct knowledge base, skill set, and required breadth of experience. UC providers share with family practice (FP) the broad scope: caring for both male and female patients of any age with any complaint. UC differs from FP in that its primary focus is on acute medical problems.