After Hours, Emergency Care, or Virtual Care? – ChildrensMD


Should I take my kid to the emergency area or After Hours care?

What situations can handy care clinics treat? 

When is telemedicine an selection? 

When your kid is not feeling properly, you could ask oneself some of the above queries. But the possibilities can be confusing – what is the distinction among handy care and urgent care?  Where do you go for an earache, a sprain, or some thing more significant, such as problems breathing?  While handy care, virtual care, and the ER are not meant to replace visits to your pediatrician or medical professional, they are a great resolution when you require to see a person in the course of off hours, weekends, or more promptly than going to your doctor.

Contact your pediatrician very first when overall health issues arise unless it is a health-related emergency. Convenient Care and After Hours clinics are stroll-in centers that are excellent options when you are not in a position to see your normal provider or following normal hours. Services differ by place, but these clinics normally provide lab tests for standard bloodwork and sophisticated diagnostics, such as X-rays. The wait is usually quick, and the price is significantly less than going to an emergency area.

After Hours &amp Convenient Care

After Hours and Convenient Care clinics are used to treat minor injuries or illnesses. These clinics are significantly less high priced than a stop by to an emergency area, normally costing the similar as a pediatrician copay. We have many areas in Missouri and Illinois that provide extended hours and accept stroll-ins. The BJC Medical Group Convenient Care clinics are usually staffed with a nurse practitioner or a doctor assistant and can care for adults and youngsters more than two years old. Additionally, the Washington University Children’s After Hours clinics employees exclusively  pediatric professionals who specialize in dealing with youngsters. After Hours clinics are positioned in Edwardsville, South St. Louis County, and O’Fallon, MO

Use After Hours &amp Convenient Care for:

  • COVID-19 symptoms/testing/fast testing (varies by place)/therapy
  • Allergies
  • Insect bites
  • Coughs, colds, flu, and fever
  • Earaches
  • Urinary troubles
  • Sore throats and strep or mono
  • Eye irritation
  • Mild skin situations and rashes

Emergency Rooms (ERs)

Emergency rooms are for more significant injuries or illness and are open about the clock. In addition to St. Louis Children’s Hospital, the ERs at Missouri Baptist Medical Center, Progress West Hospital,  Memorial Hospital Belleville, Memorial Hospital Shiloh, and Northwest WellnessCare are staffed 24/7 with Washington University physicians from St. Louis Children’s Hospital to see all youngsters who come to these emergency rooms. You can verify-in for estimated therapy occasions at pick hospital emergency rooms. Of course, if the situation is life-threatening, such as seizures, shortness of breath, or if a person is unresponsive, contact 911 straight away.

Use the ER for:

  • Severe COVID-19 symptoms
  • Chest discomfort
  • Trouble breathing
  • Severe allergic reactions
  • Severe discomfort
  • Serious injury
  • Sudden vision impairment
  • Broken bones
  • Severe burns
  • Fainting
  • Poisoning
  • Rapid heartbeat

Telemedicine and Virtual Visits

Telemedicine or virtual visits provide on-demand, similar-day care with no leaving household. Options differ by symptom but could include things like an e-stop by or video stop by to evaluate your symptoms. A video stop by enables you to connect face-to-face with a provider working with the camera on your smartphone, tablet, or pc. Remember that virtual visits are for prevalent situations, not for emergency care, and are commonly provided for youngsters 12 and older.



Originally published in childrensmd.org