Looking for a Healthcare Facility for Holiday Emergencies? Where to Go.
The Holiday Season is supposed to be a time of joy and cheerful communion with family and friends. But all this excitement can sometimes lead to accidents and unexpected health issues.
We know the last thing on your holiday checklist is planning for such events, but should you need medical care during the holidays, do you know where to go?
Where to Get Help When You Have a Medical Emergency?
Choosing the right healthcare facility for holiday emergencies is vital if you want a speedy recovery. But deciding where to get the best treatment for your injuries can sometimes be confusing.
Not worry; we are here to help you plan and know where to go to get in and out quickly so you can get back to enjoying your holiday season.
Here we will explain the differences between Urgent Care, Hospital ER’s, and stand-alone Emergency Rooms.
These facilities offer convenient locations and are a good option for mild illness symptoms and minor injuries.
However, these centers rarely have a doctor on-site, and most are not open 24/7. Many may even be closed during holidays. Also, their level of care is limited. So if your injury or illness turns out to be more severe than you initially thought, they won’t be able to treat you. Instead, they will recommend you visit a higher level of care facility such as the emergency room.
If they refer you to a hospital ER, not only will you waste time getting there, you may also experience long wait times to be seen by a doctor. Therefore, if the UC refers you to the ER during the holidays, it’s best to choose a freestanding emergency room where you can get treated and discharged faster.
Hospital Emergency Room
There is no question that a hospital-based emergency room is well-equipped to treat all types of emergencies with the added advantage that they are open 24/7. But, unfortunately, overcrowding and long wait times are a reality for most hospital ER’s.
On average, hospital ER patients wait more than an hour and a half to be taken to their room and 2.25 hours before discharge.
During the holidays, these wait times are sure to increase, leaving you with less time to spend with your family and recover comfortably at home.
Independent/Freestanding Emergency Room
Your search for a healthcare facility for holiday emergencies is over!
A freestanding emergency room (FER or FEC), also called stand-alone ER or independent ER, is open 24/7, offers immediate treatment, and is well equipped to handle a wide variety of emergencies.
A freestanding ER has all the diagnostic equipment for doctors to identify the type and severity of your injuries. Diagnostic equipment includes X-rays, ultrasounds, CT scans, and clinical laboratory. Additionally, they have qualified doctors and nurses certified in emergency care, meaning you are always in good hands.
Best of all, wait times at independent emergency rooms like Altus are considerably lower. Within minutes of your arrival, one of our nurses will be assessing your injuries, and you will see a doctor within 10-15 after you arrive.
Because Altus ER’s don’t suffer from the same overcrowding issues as hospital ER’s, you will always receive faster, more personalized care from us.
At Altus Emergency Centers, we provide patients with online check-in options to make wait time even shorter. And we also provide them with free medical screening.
Contrary to many reports, Altus Emergency Centers are not more expensive than a hospital ER. In fact, we have negotiated special rates with our in-house doctors to ensure you receive the best care at the best price.
Additionally, our patient advocate will help you understand and maximize your health insurance benefits. They will make sure you never pay more for out-of-pocket expenses than you should.
Know Where to Go In the Event of an Emergency
If you experience a medical emergency and want to get in and out as quickly as possible to get back to enjoying good times with your family and friends, your best choice is Altus Emergency.