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Urgent Care

Urgent Care and Occupational Medicine

Urgent Care located in Columbus, GA

When an unexpected illness or injury arises, having a trusted medical professional to turn to can make a world of difference. At Urgent Care and Occupational Medicine in Columbus, Georgia, Kevin Lokkesmoe, MD, offers outstanding urgent care services on an extended schedule. The practice also offers a range of occupational medicine services, helping you get the care you need when you need it. You can walk in for urgent care services, or book online or over the phone for less urgent needs.

Urgent Care Q & A

What is urgent care?

Urgent care is a setting where you can receive medical attention for a wide range of issues. This area of practice exists to fill a gap between issues that can wait to be seen by your primary care physician during regular business hours and needs that are best met in an emergency room setting. 

Some of the issues that can be addressed in urgent care include:

  • Fever or flu symptoms
  • Sore throat
  • Urinary tract infections 
  • Eye irritation
  • Minor cuts
  • Moderate back or neck pain
  • Vomiting, nausea, or diarrhea
  • Minor fractures
  • Mild to moderate asthma

This is far from a comprehensive list. There are many medical needs that can be met in urgent care.

Why not just go to the emergency room for urgent care?

The emergency room is an excellent resource when your needs rise to a certain level, but many medical needs would be better met in an urgent care setting. Because emergency room staff is focused on life-threatening illness and injury, less severe medical needs are pushed to the bottom of the priority list. 

That can leave you sitting for hours in the waiting room waiting to be seen. That space is often filled with people who are sick, uncomfortable, and generally feeling awful while they wait their turn. 

Emergency room visits can also be far more expensive than a visit to urgent care. In some cases you need to take steps with your insurance company to ensure coverage. 

What is occupational medicine?

Occupational medicine helps you get the care and screenings you need to comply with workplace regulations, rules, and guidelines. If you don’t have a primary care physician who can cover these needs,  Urgent Care and Occupational Medicine can perform your care and get you the documentation needed by your employer. 

Some examples of services covered under occupational medicine include:

  • Pre-employment medical exams
  • DOT exams
  • Fit for duty checks
  • Return to work visits
  • Fitness tests
  • Physical exams
  • Hearing conservation checks
  • Firefighter and police exams
  • Sports physicals
  • Wellness exams

Many of these exams and screenings share similar components. By working with a physician who is familiar with the requirements of these exams you can rest assured you’ll have the documentation needed to get to work. Drug and alcohol screening is also available, even on short notice. 

If you need urgent care or an occupational health visit, call the office or book a visit online. You can also walk in for urgent care and many other services.