Urgent Care Centers: Which is Right for your Child?

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After Hours Pediatrics Urgent Care is a proud sponsor of The Tampa Bay Baby Bash and this is a sponsored guest post by Dr. Charles Welborn of After Hours Pediatrics Urgent Care.


There’s no doubt that convenience has become an overwhelming trend in our day-to-day lives. With the help of drive-thru dinner options and unlimited text messages, convenience is not lost on our busy population. It seems the health care industry has now caught on with the proliferation of urgent care centers. When it comes to our children though, we should be well informed about the various choices for pediatric urgent care.

What do parents do during a Friday night fever spike, or a Saturday soccer injury, when the primary care provider’s office is closed? In the past, the only option was the emergency department. Now parents have another choice in the form of urgent care centers. The thought of not having to endure the wait time of an emergency room would appeal to just about anyone. Of course, you should always bring your child to an emergency department if you think they have a life-threatening condition or injury. But keep in mind that an urgent care center can probably treat most of your child’s needs more quickly and with less cost.

There are many types of urgent care and walk-in facilities: some offer full services such as lab tests and x-rays, while others have more limited services. Some are staffed by board certified pediatricians while others are not. So how do you choose which is best for your child? The best answer is to ask your child’s primary care provider. If the office is closed, there will always be someone on call to help guide you. Or, be prepared by asking the primary pediatrician at one of your child’s visits what to do in these situations.

Input from your child’s primary doctor is very important, as they know whether the education and training of the urgent care staff is appropriate for your child; whether they perform the services that your child may need; and whether they provide records of the visit back to the primary physician. This last point is particularly important, as the primary care provider is the one who provides ongoing care for your child, and therefore needs to remain informed of any medications or other services that your child has received.

When parents need it most, it is comforting to know there are choices for pediatric urgent care that offer both convenience and quality of care for your child. After Hours Pediatrics Urgent Care always provides convenient, quick, quality care when parents need it most – evenings, weekends and holidays. Here’s why pediatricians trust us to treat their patients when their offices are closed:

  • Board-certified pediatricians are on site every day.
  • We treat infants through age 21.
  • We have on-site lab and x-ray services.
  • Our average patient visit is less than an hour.
  • No appointment is necessary.
  • Most insurance plans are accepted.

Find the location closest to your home at www.afterhourspediatrics.com.

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