Urgent Care Specialist

Murphy Medical Associates

Acute Primary Care & Board Certified Internal Medicine located in Greenwich, Stamford, & Stratford, CT

Urgent medical needs often arise at inopportune times, including after normal business hours and on weekends and holidays. The team at Murphy Medical Associates in Stamford, Stratford, and Greenwich, Connecticut, offers urgent care services to help ensure you get the care you need from providers you know and trust. If you or a loved one experiences a sudden health need, call the office to set up a same-day or urgent care visit. Don’t forget online booking is available for less pressing needs.

Urgent Care Q & A

What is urgent care?

Urgent care is an area of medical practice that serves to fill the gap between issues that require emergency services and those that can wait until you are able to book a visit with your normal doctor. Another way to think about urgent care is to envision health needs that aren’t life-threatening, but would make you or a loved one extremely uncomfortable before you could get in to see your doctor. 

Some examples of issues that can be treated in an urgent care setting include:

  • Fever
  • Flu symptoms
  • Skin rashes
  • Sprains and strains
  • Mild to moderate asthma incidents
  • Falls or muscle tears
  • Severe sore throat
  • Eye irritation or object lodged in the eye
  • Cuts that may need stitches, but where bleeding is controllable

This is far from a comprehensive list. Many health needs can be properly cared for in an urgent care visit. You are always welcome to call Murphy Medical Associates to discuss your needs and find a path toward relief. 

When should I seek emergency medical care?

Far too many people go straight to the emergency room for issues that would be better addressed at their doctor’s office. That said, there are certainly a wide range of needs that are best met in the emergency room, where there are staff trained in managing life-threatening conditions and easy access to surgical teams and advanced equipment. 

Some needs that should prompt an immediate call for emergency care include:

  • Severe chest pain
  • Significant breathing difficulties
  • Stroke symptoms, like sudden vision loss, weakness, slurred speech, or numbness
  • Suicidal or violent thoughts
  • Broken bones that break the surface of your skin
  • Uncontrolled bleeding
  • Pregnancy complications
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Suspected poisoning

If you are unsure whether your needs are best met in emergency or urgent care, call Murphy Medical Associates for guidance. 

Why choose urgent care over other options?

Urgent care offers many benefits as compared to heading to the nearest emergency room for treatment. To begin, emergency rooms are structured to address life-and-death needs, and those patients are rightfully prioritized. If you come in for a less pressing medical issue, you fall to the bottom of the waiting list and will remain there until there are no patients with more serious needs waiting to be seen. 

Also, emergency room waiting areas are filled with sick people, as well as their germs. That can cause you to pick up a problem worse than the one that brought you through the doors in the first place. Relying on the medical professionals you already know and trust is a far better option. 

If you or a loved one is experiencing discomfort and hoping for swift relief, call Murphy Medical Associates to determine if a same-day urgent care visit is right for you. Walk-in appointments can also be accommodated.