Pediatric Care: After Hours Care vs. Emergency Room Care

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Accidents and illnesses don’t often happen during the 9-5 work day. Your child needs urgent care, but the emergency room can seem so intimidating. That’s where pediatric after hours offices can help your child be seen in a less stressful environment.


After hours offices have faster check-in time, and time is of the essence during an emergency. You want your child’s needs to be taken care of as quickly and efficiently as possible, and an after hours office has the capability to do so, especially when they’re an after hours pediatrics’ office. Also, a faster and more efficient check-in can mean that your child is seen much sooner than in an emergency room setting, where you have to start from scratch every time you check in.


PrescriptionCosts are also usually much lower in an after hours clinic versus an emergency room. Many emergency rooms are high volume, and usually have to take time establishing your child’s medical history because they are unfamiliar with your child, taking up more time and tests and therefore money. At an after hours office, patient history within a network is more easily accessible, making your child’s diagnosis much easier to obtain and treat.


Sometimes, being in a familiar environment can make all the difference in the world in keeping your little one calm and well cared for during an emergency. That’s where after hours clinics can provide a familiar atmosphere, making it seem like “just another trip to the doctor” and not as scary as an emergency room for your child. Emergency rooms can sometimes be very hectic places, making your child seem uncomfortable and hesitant to cooperate. In an office environment, the atmosphere is much more quiet and friendly.


We at Provo Pediatrics want to make sure that your child has exceptional care before and after the typical 9 to 5 day. That’s why our after hours location is open on weekdays from 6 am to 10pm, Saturdays from 1 pm  to 10 pm, and Sundays and holidays from 9 am to 10 pm. Contact us today for more information on our after hours office by calling 801-377-8000.

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