Don’t get caught in the Emergency Room Traffic!

Did you know that according to recent studies, over 50% of emergency room visits could be avoided (NEHI, 2010)? Did you know that the average cost of an ER visit is $2,168 (Abrams, 2013)? The good news is that your Primary Care Provider can provide care for many common illnesses for much less expense!

Unless you have a medical emergency*, consider the medical care options below BEFORE heading to the ER.

 

  • CALL OUR OFFICE When you feel sick, call your primary care physician. Same day appointments may be available. After hours, we have a physician on call.

 

  • USE OUR WALK-IN CLINIC We have a walk-in clinic located at 120 Executive Center Parkway, Fredericksburg, VA 22401. The walk-in clinic is open Monday – Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. No appointment is needed.

 

  • WEEKEND HOURS You can schedule an appointment for a sick visit on Saturday and Sunday mornings at our 120 Executive Center Parkway location.

 

  • NON-EMERGENT ILLENSSES Here is a list of some of the illnesses we handle at Rappahannock Family Physicians:

                                   Headache/Sore throat                                    Back pain & minor injuries

                                   Diarrhea/Constipation                                    Staple removal/dressing changes

                                   Urinary tract/bladder infection                      Nausea/vomiting

Allergies/cold/flu/sinus infection

 

*    WHEN TO CALL 911 OR GO TO THE CLOSEST EMERGENCY ROOM.

You should always seek immediate medical assistance in the event of a medical emergency.     Examples of medical emergencies include, but are not limited to:

  • Bleeding that will not stop
  • Breathing problems (difficulty breathing, shortness of breath)
  • Broken bone
  • Change in mental status (such as unusual behavior, confusion, difficulty arousing)
  • Chest pain
  • Choking
  • Coughing up or vomiting blood
  • Fainting or loss of consciousness
  • Feeling of committing suicide or murder
  • Head or spine injury
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Sudden injury due to a motor vehicle accident, a fall, burns or smoke inhalation, near drowning, deep or large wound, etc.
  • Sudden, severe pain anywhere in the body
  • Sudden dizziness, weakness, or change in vision
  • Swallowing a poisonous substance
  • Upper abdominal pain or pressure