These healthcare providers are walk-in clinics like Walgreens and CVS. Most of these locations are designed to be affordable and efficient as possible. As such, they staff nurse practitioners (NPs) or physician assistants (PAs) rather than more costly physicians and they tend to focus on slightly less advanced medical procedures than an urgent care center. That said, services do range based on the operator of the location.
The most common services at these clinics are assisting with minor injuries and illnesses like treatment of flu and cold symptoms, strep throat, and minor cuts and skin conditions. However, other common services include immunizations, annual physicals and health screenings. They all prescribe medications and most have adjacent pharmacies for pick-up convenience.
Some examples close to NAU.
Walgreens clinics. Most are open until 7pm Mon-Fri but also have Saturday and Sunday hours too. Always try to make an appointment by phone Walgreens main clinic phone number first: 855-925-4733. If appointments are not available, they take walk-ins too. They can even tell you how long the wait is when you call.
- 9810 S Mason Rd, Richmond, TX 77406
- 6120 Hwy 6, Missouri City, TX 77459
- 2605 W Holcombe Blvd, Houston, TX 77025
- 5200 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77056
An urgent care center is one degree more advanced than a retail clinic and they staff and equip accordingly. For instance, most urgent care locations have at least one medical doctor on staff and have the physician available to see patients any time the doors are open. That said, you could still see a nurse practitioner or physician assistant rather than a doctor. Additionally, most urgent care locations have on-site X-Ray equipment and can handle more sever urgent care services such as broken bones, burns and other non-emergent conditions that retail clinics are unable to.
Urgent care facilities are very often used to fill the gap between primary care doctors and emergency rooms, thus alleviating the strain on ERs and their typically long wait times. The average patient waits 15 minutes or less at an urgent care and can expect a $35-55 insurance copy for their visit. If you don’t have insurance, the cost may be as high as $125-150 per visit. Both retail clinics and urgent care centers do require payment (or at least a copay) at the time of your visit.
U. S. Healthworks
10521 Corporate Dr. Stafford, TX 77477
Phone: (281) 277-7997
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm
MedSpring Urgent Care
1403 TX – 6, Sugar Land TX 77478
Phone: (832) 260-0640
Hours: 9am to 9pm -7 days per week
Most ERs are open 24 hours a day and specialize in life-threatening conditions and injuries that require more advanced technology and highly trained medical personnel and surgeons to diagnose and treat. Essentially, they are equipped to handle anything that walks through their doors. ER wait times can be several hours and the average cost is many times larger than a retail clinic or urgent care.
Some HOSPITALS close to NAU:
Sugarland 1317 Lake Pointe Pkwy
Sugar Land, TX 77478
Memorial Hermann SW
7600 Beechnut Street
Houston, TX 77074
16655 Southwest Fwy
Sugar Land, TX 77479