If you need medical treatment, then one of the options open to you is to visit a walk-in centre. These clinics typically offer care from specially trained nurses; they deal with basic medical services for conditions and problems that aren't life-threatening or complicated.
If you need some help, then there are times when a walk-in clinic is a good option. When is this the case?
You Aren't Registered With a Local GP
There are times when you might not be on the books with a local GP's clinic. For example, you may be new to the area or you may never have needed to register with a doctor before. In some cases, you may be away from home — and your own GP — on holiday or on business.
If you have a minor ailment or injury, then visiting a walk-in centre is a quick and easy solution. You won't have to register with a GP's clinic and wait for an available appointment. You simply turn up at the walk-in clinic and wait your turn.
You Want Immediate Treatment
Even if you are registered to a local GP, you may have to wait before you can get an available appointment. You won't be high on the receptionist's priority list if your problem isn't serious. If the clinic's doctors are popular, you may not get a general appointment at short notice. You may have to wait a few days to see someone.
You don't have to make an appointment to see someone at a walk-in centre. You simply go when you need to. You may have a little wait, depending on the problem you have and how busy the clinic is; however, you know that you will get help sooner rather than later.
You Need Out-of-Hours Help
While some GP clinics have evening and Saturday appointments, you may still find it hard to get to your clinic when it is open. You may not be able to take time off work to make an appointment. Or, you may need treatment or advice when the clinic is closed, say at night or over weekends and public holidays.
Walk-in medical centres are typically open for longer hours. For example, some work on a 24/7 basis; others open early and work till late every day. This kind of clinic is also likely to be open over weekends and holidays. This makes it easier for you to get help whenever you need it.
To find out more about opening hours and available treatments, contact a local walk-in medical clinic.