Urgent Care

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Patient First is open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day, including all holidays. Walk in to any of our 73 urgent care centers to see a physician. Our on-site labs, x-rays, and prescription drugs mean patients can be seen, diagnosed, and treated in a single visit.

What does Patient First treat?

Patient First physicians and staff treat a variety of conditions, including:

  • Colds and flu
  • Infections
  • Fractures
  • Sprains and strains
  • Lacerations
  • Allergies
  • Sore throat
  • Bronchitis and pneumonia
  • Burns and rashes

Why visit Patient First for urgent care?

When you do not feel well, the last thing you want to do is wait to be seen by a physician. Patient First provides efficient service that meets your medical needs as well as your schedule.

You do not have to wait for an appointment to feel better - simply walk in and see a doctor at Patient First. Our extended night, weekend, and holiday hours mean you never have to miss work or school. Not only can you walk in, the time waiting to see the doctor at our urgent care centers is usually significantly less than at the hospital emergency room.

Patient First bridges the gap between the Emergency Room and your primary care physician. We routinely care for 60% of diagnoses seen in the ER, but at a fraction of the cost. We also care for routine primary care office visit diagnoses. At your request, we will forward a copy of your visit record to your primary care physician.

Our wide range of on-site services makes it more likely that everything necessary can be accomplished in a single visit. Do you have a sore throat? Our on-site lab provides immediate strep test results. Are you worried that your arm may be broken? On-site x-ray capability allows our physicians to make that determination. Do you have a sinus infection and do not feel like driving to the pharmacy? Your Patient First physician can dispense prescriptions on-site. Bottom line: Patient First saves you time, so you can return home and begin the mending process more quickly.

How does Patient First save me money?

Patient First offers convenient, physician-based health care at an affordable price. We accept all major health insurance plans and file all claims on your behalf. The cost of services provided in the emergency department can be two to three times higher than the cost for the same services at Patient First. In addition, co-payment for urgent care services at Patient First is often less than half the co-payment for an emergency department visit.

Should I go to Patient First or the emergency room?

Patient First is a convenient and practical alternative to the emergency room for non-life-threatening issues.

The following guide will help you determine if Patient First is right for your symptoms:

Visit Patient First...
Visit an Emergency Department or call 911...
for urgent but non-life- threatening conditions.
for more serious or life-threatening conditions.
Visit Patient First...
for urgent but non-life- threatening conditions.
  • Allergic Reaction
  • Possible fracture
  • Cough
  • Cut or scrape
  • Ear or sinus pain
  • Eye swelling, irritation, redness or pain
  • Fever, cold, flu
  • Frequent and painful urination
  • Mild to moderate asthma attack
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
  • Rash
  • Sore throat
  • Sprain, strain
  • Stitches
  • Tetanus and flu vaccinations
Visit an Emergency Department or call 911...
for more serious or life-threatening conditions.
  • Chest pain, numbness in face, arm or leg; difficulty speaking
  • Coughing up or vomiting blood
  • Heart attack
  • High fever with stiff neck, mental confusion, or difficulty breathing
  • Major injury
  • Severe shortness of breath
  • Stroke
  • Sudden or unexplained loss of consciousness
  • Wound that will not stop bleeding

Patient First operates medical centers in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and South Jersey.. Please visit patientfirst.com for on-site services, a nearby location, physician biographies and current schedule.

1Source: Anthem Press Release – 7/21/11 – “Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Virginia Launches Initiative to Curbe Avoidable Emergency Room Visits” - http://www.anthem.com/health-insurance/about-us/pressreleasedetails/VA/2010/4262Source: Average Urgent care and Emergency Room Pricing. Aetna Strategic Contract Manager 9/08, as quoted in “Say goodbye to unnecessary ER visits!” Aetna member newsletter, October, 2008

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