When it comes to receiving medical care, there are so many options out there that it can be hard to decide where to go to receive the proper medical care.

Your first instinct is to visit your primary care physician.  Your PCP is your go-to when you need your annual check-up, when you need an opinion on a health concern, and when you are going through life-style changes that may affect your health.

Then there’s the dreaded emergency room.  The thought of the wait time and the cost makes you cringe, so you only go to the emergency room in the case of an actual emergency room.

The best option that bridges the gap between your PCP and the ER is urgent care.  Urgent care is the perfect alternative to the emergency room because urgent care centers such as AFC Urgent Care Southcenter offer medical services at half the cost and wait time.

Urgent care centers can often time be confused with retail clinics.  Retail clinics and urgent care centers have major differences in the services that are provided.  Retail clinics and urgent care centers offer similar services such as seasonal flu shots and strep throat diagnosis, but most retail clinics have limited services and resources.

Here is a breakdown of the major differences:

Retail Clinics

  • May not be staffed by a licensed physician
  • Minor medical services offered
  • Limited lab testing services
  • Limited hours due to store operation

Urgent Care Centers

  • Staff of experienced physicians
  • Number of comprehensive medical services offered on a walk-in basis
  • On-site lab testing
  • Open seven days a week

Urgent Care Center in Kent, WA

AFC Urgent Care Southcenter offers a number of urgent care services that set us apart from neighboring retail clinics.  We are a walk-in urgent care clinic open seven days a week, treating families and business alike for a variety of medical needs.

Some of the services we offer on a walk-in basis include treatment for:

  • Upper respiratory illnesses
  • Work-related injuries
  • Sports injuries
  • Slips and falls
  • Skin infections
  • Seasonal allergies
  • & more!

Not only do we provide these services, but we also offer other walk-in medical care for sports, employment, and preventative health.  We work with a range of health insurance providers as well as offer low-cost medical services for those without insurance.

For more information about the services we provide, please call to speak with one of our medical professionals at 425-291-3300.