When’s the best time to use a Walk-In Clinic?

December 05, 2016 | by Edward-Elmhurst Health

Raise your hand if you have hours available on any given day to spend making and getting to a doctor appointment.

It’s rare, in this modern, fast-paced world, to have that kind of time. Even our weekends are filled with activities, from shuttling kids to ballet classes and soccer games to family get-togethers, work and school events.

Yet, when your little one has a sore throat or cough, or you feel a bladder infection coming on, you figure out how to get medical treatment.

When you need a work physical or your kid needs a physical for sports, you take care of it.

But it’s still hard to make the time – unless you’re squeezing in a visit at a local Walk-In Clinic. When all you have is a lunch hour or a stop-off on your evening commute, Walk-In Clinics are an easy choice.

The growing number of retail clinics are a clear indication that convenience is king. Edward-Elmhurst Health now has 12 Walk-In Clinics located around DuPage County, and for good reason.
Where else can you get high-quality treatment that fits into your already-busy schedule?

Walk-In Clinics are ideal for minor injuries and illnesses that just can’t wait, such as coughs, sore throats, ear aches, flu symptoms and bladder infections. They’re also handy for work and school physicals. Our clinics treat patients 18 months and older.

Patients are seen on a first-come, first served basis by board-certified family nurse practitioners and physician assistants. Our experts partner with our family practice doctors and internists, so your doctor won’t miss a beat on your medical history.

There are several things you should grab before you run out the door:

  • A copy of your most recent insurance card (insurance coverage varies, so please check with your carrier about coverage for retail walk-in clinics)
  • Driver’s license or state-issued photo ID
  • Names and dosages of any prescription or over-the-counter medications you are currently taking

Visit our Walk-In Clinic page and you can even check the wait times for our clinics before you go.

If you’re not sure whether your health concern could be handled at a Walk-In Clinic, or if you should make time to see your doctor (or get to an Emergency Room), check our guide.

We’ll get you checked out and on your way, and won’t take up a huge chunk of your day.

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