In-person care for illnesses or injuries that can’t wait for a visit with your primary care doctor.
For in-person, after-hours care
Walk-in clinics include both urgent care centers and retail health clinics. They’re a good choice if your primary doctor’s office is closed and you’d like in-person care for an illness or injury. You don’t need an appointment at these clinics, and many are open during evenings and weekends. Walk-in clinics offer:
- In-person care when your doctor isn’t available
- Diagnostic tests like blood work and X-rays
- Assessment and treatment of minor injuries
- Convenient access to prescriptions, if needed
Urgent care centers
Urgent care centers can treat moderate illnesses and injuries that are critical but not emergencies. Many have diagnostic services available, like if you need blood drawn or an X-ray. The medical professionals in urgent care centers are often U.S. board-certified doctors and nurse practitioners.
Retail health clinics
Retail health clinics generally handle minor illnesses only, and provide convenient access to prescriptions, if needed. Physician assistants and nurse practitioners, who are overseen by a doctor, provide care. These clinics can often be found in pharmacies and grocery stores.
Remember to coordinate all your care with your primary care doctor and follow up with them after receiving care.
Walk-in clinic highlights
Costs vary depending on services rendered
30 to 60 minutes
Read more about walk-in clinics
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Differences between retail health clinics and urgent care
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When to go to an urgent care center
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Please note: You should not use walk-in clinics for medical emergencies.
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