5 Ways Virtual Urgent Care Visits Can Make Your Life Easier

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The COVID-19 pandemic has quickly driven healthcare into a new, virtual world. Though telemedicine has been around for years, it has recently become much more popular due to the pandemic. Telehealth visits facilitate convenient and safe connection with your healthcare provider to obtain the required consultation and treatment without leaving your home.

Virtual visits provide numerous benefits, such as convenience, safety, and shorter wait times. Overall, telehealth is an excellent option for patients to access healthcare, both for urgent care and routine primary care, even during non-pandemic times.

How Do Virtual Urgent Care Visits Work?

Virtual urgent care visits allow you to schedule 1-on-1 video consultation with a healthcare provider and get immediate medical assistance. During a virtual visit, our Family Care Centers’ healthcare provider will go through your relevant medical history and may ask you to record your vitals like your temperature, weight, and blood pressure depending on the medical equipment available to you. You will be asked about your symptoms to better understand your health condition and assess the appropriate treatment plan. It will also be determined if your situation requires an in-person office visit to properly diagnose your condition.

Once the virtual urgent care visit ends, our staff will provide an after care summary and may also provide a prescription if required.

You can have a virtual visit with our provider with your smartphone, tablet, laptop, or computer without the need to download any special app. Just make sure your device has a camera, a microphone, and a high-speed internet connection.

Benefits of Virtual Urgent Care Visits

A virtual visit offers these substantial benefits:

1. Much Shorter At-Office Wait Times

Virtual visits can save your time by greatly reducing office wait times as well as the commute time spent to reach the office. When it is time for your appointment, you will receive a link with instructions through a text or email to join the video visit. You need to click on the link, enter your information, and join the session. The length of the virtual visit is usually about 15 minutes, depending on your healthcare requirements.

2. Healthcare Access from Anywhere

Virtual visits or telehealth visits can be conducted from any place—home, hotel room, office, etc. All you will need is a quiet place for a few minutes that allows you to talk, see and listen to your provider on the video call.

Virtual visits are especially a great alternative for patients living in rural areas, where they don’t have easy access to healthcare services. In rural areas, virtual visits allow easy access to medical care without traveling a long distance.

3. Convenience

In today’s fast-paced world, convenience is key, and this is one of the primary benefits of a virtual health care visit. If you’re sick and don’t feel up to leaving your home, an easy-to-schedule and quick-to-connect video chat with your provider is very appealing. Virtual visits also add a great deal of convenience when you can’t take time off work or school to visit your provider for a minor health consultation.

4. Safety

With virtual urgent care visits, you never have to worry about getting safe access to necessary healthcare services, even during times of an epidemic or pandemic. We all have seen how efficiently and effectively virtual healthcare options have been utilized, making it easy for people to obtain medical care without risk of exposure.

5. Affordability

Although most urgent care centers charge equally for a virtual visit and an in-person visit, you still get some level of affordability with virtual visit options. By gaining access to healthcare from your home, you can eliminate the time and money associated with travel. Also, like regular in-office urgent care visits, your video visit is also covered by most insurance plans.

In-Person Visits are sometimes Necessary

Although virtual visits provide many benefits, an in-person visit at one of our urgent care centers in Irvine, Fountain Valley and Costa Mesa may be necessary for some conditions. For severe health conditions and life-threatening injuries, the Emergency Room is usually the best option.

Category: Urgent Care


Family Care Centers Medical Group

Family Care Centers Medical Group has provided quality primary care and urgent care services to the residents of Orange County since 1982. Our team of experienced and dedicated healthcare professionals is committed to providing exceptional medical care in a caring and compassionate environment. At our urgent care centers at Irvine, Fountain Valley, and Costa Mesa, we offer immediate attention to minor medical emergencies, including cuts, bruises, scrapes, sprains, strains, broken bones, sore throats, flu, and workplace injuries. Our primary care doctors at Irvine, Fountain Valley, and Costa Mesa centers are ready to take care of all your primary healthcare needs, like the flu shot, physical examination, and treatment for acute or chronic illnesses.

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