Choosing the Right Urgent Care Facility for Your Family by Dr Samuel Bride

Dr. Samuel Bride
3 min readDec 12, 2022

When your family is sick or injured, you want the best possible care for them as quickly as possible. That’s where urgent care comes in. When you need medical assistance but your usual doctor’s office is closed or you can’t obtain an appointment for days, urgent care centers are a terrific option.

However, not all urgent care facilities are created equal, says Dr. Samuel Bride, who has experience working as a physician volunteer.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when choosing an urgent care facility

Location and Hours

The location and operating hours are the main factors to take into account when selecting an urgent care facility. You should pick a facility whose hours fit your schedule and is conveniently located. If you have a young family, you may want to choose an urgent care facility that is open late or on weekends so that you can bring your kids in after school or on their days off.

Insurance Coverage

Another important factor to consider is insurance coverage. Not all urgent care facilities accept the same insurance plans, so it’s important to check before you go. If you don’t have insurance, you’ll want to make sure that the facility offers affordable self-pay options.

Types of Services Offered

When choosing an urgent care facility, you’ll also want to consider the types of services offered. Some facilities offer basic services like X-rays and stitches while others offer more specialized services like sports physicals and flu shots. If you have a specific need, make sure that the facility you choose can accommodate it.

Difference Between an ER and an Urgent Care Clinic

Urgent care clinics and emergency rooms both provide quick access to medical care, but there are some key differences between the two:

● Emergency rooms are intended for life-threatening conditions that require immediate medical attention, while urgent care clinics are intended for non-life-threatening conditions that need prompt treatment but not necessarily emergency services.

● Emergency rooms are usually located within hospitals while urgent care clinics are typically stand-alone facilities.

● Emergency room staff are trained to deal with serious conditions while urgent care staff is trained to deal with a wide variety of less serious conditions.

Procedures followed at the urgent care medicine centers

● Urgent care centers are medical facilities that provide emergency medical services to patients with acute illnesses or injuries that require immediate medical attention but are not serious enough to warrant a visit to the emergency room.

● Urgent care centers typically have shorter wait times than emergency rooms and offer a wide range of services, including X-rays, lab tests, and minor surgical procedures.

● When you arrive at an urgent care center, you will be seen by a triage nurse who will assess the severity of your condition and determine the best course of treatment.

● In some cases, you may be seen by a doctor or physician assistant right away.

● In other cases, you may be asked to wait for a short period of time until a provider is available.

Depending on the reason for your visit, you may be treated and released or referred to another facility for further care.


Urgent care facilities are a great option when you need medical attention but your regular doctor’s office is closed or you can’t get an appointment for days. Keep these factors in mind when choosing an urgent care facility for your family so that you can be sure you’re getting the best possible care for your loved ones.



Dr. Samuel Bride

As UMD Urgent Care medical director, Dr. Samuel Bride cares for patients and oversees five to ten staff members at Williamsburg and Long Island City facilities.