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Urgent Care Specialist

Sacred Heart Medical Group PC

Family Medicine & General Practitioners located in Greenbelt, MD

Illnesses and injuries don’t run on a set schedule. Urgent care ensures you get the care and treatment you need when you need it most. Gabriel Oboite, MD, and the team at Sacred Heart Medical Group PC in Greenbelt, Maryland, offer comprehensive urgent care services for various medical issues, helping people of all ages relieve symptoms and prevent more serious problems from happening. Call the office or book an appointment online if you need urgent care.

Urgent Care Q&A

What is urgent care?

Urgent care is medical treatment provided to people with urgent care needs. Urgent care can consist of medical problems requiring prompt treatment but not life-threatening or medical emergencies.

Some medical issues, like a mild cold or flu, can be treated at the next available appointment. Other issues need attention more quickly, but they don’t warrant an emergency room (ER) trip. These issues are ideal for urgent care.

What kinds of problems can be treated by urgent care?

Urgent care is appropriate for many common medical concerns. At Sacred Heart Medical Group, Dr. Oboite treats an array of urgent care issues, including:

  • Cold and flu
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Mild allergy or asthma attacks
  • Rashes or hives
  • Earaches
  • Mild to moderate back pain or joint discomfort
  • Insect bites
  • Burns
  • Cuts and scrapes
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Sprains and strains

If you’re not sure if urgent care is the right option for the problem you’re experiencing, call the office and we can help you get the care you need.

What are some examples of medical issues that require emergency care?

Any medical problem that is life-threatening or has the potential to cause serious harm is considered a medical emergency. Some examples include:

  • Seizures or convulsions
  • Chest pains
  • Deep wounds
  • Uncontrolled bleeding
  • Pregnancy complications
  • Poisoning
  • Compound fractures

For emergency medical issues, you should call 9-1-1 immediately.

Why should I choose urgent care over an ER?

Emergency rooms do treat emergencies or urgent illness; however, in an ER, patients aren’t seen on a first-com, first-served basis. Instead, they’re treated based on the severity of their medical issue. 

By definition, urgent care issues benefit from prompt care, but they're not medical emergencies. That means you can wind up waiting a long time before you see a care provider, and during that time, you may risk exposure to other illnesses.

What’s more, because ERs provide highly specialized care, the costs associated with care are much higher. That means that when you go to an ER for an urgent care need, you can wind up paying a much higher price than you would by visiting our office. 

If you require urgent care services, Dr. Oboite can help. Call Sacred Heart Medical Group PC or book an appointment online today.