Call Your Primary Care Provider First

How Knowing Where to Go Can Save You Time and Money

You can never be too cautious when it comes to prioritizing your health and safety. Oftentimes, urgent needs are associated with a trip to the emergency room but that is not always the best choice when you need care. Learn about the benefits of calling your primary care provider first, so you can avoid unnecessary trips to the emergency room.

Call Your Primary Care Provider First
If you feel a cold or other illness coming on, be sure to call your primary care provider first. Building a strong relationship with your provider is important for your overall wellness. By doing so, your provider will be familiar with your health history and will recognize when something is not within normal range. Some providers offer telehealth visits, which allows them to meet with you in the comfort of your own home.

Call your provider:

  • When you are not feeling well to discuss your symptoms
  • After discharge from the hospital or emergency room
  • For a medication refill
  • Or to schedule a regular office visit

If you do not have a primary care provider and need assistance finding one, please call:

Urgent Care Visit First
Visit your nearest urgent care if you have pressing health needs that arise after regular business hours. Ninety percent of patients that go to an urgent care facility are attended to in 30 minutes or less. Going directly to an emergency room can result in longer wait times and the cost can be three to five times more than the cost of an urgent care visit.

Please note: If you are experiencing shortness of breath, chest pains or other life-threatening illness or injury, please call 911 immediately.

Urgent care facilities can serve patients experiencing:

  • Flu/COVID Symptoms
  • Accidents and falls
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Strains, sprains and broken bones
  • High fever
  • Minor cut
  • Vomiting, diarrhea or dehydration
  • Other non-life-threatening conditions

We encourage you to review and download the urgent care maps below for your specific community. Please refer to your health plan regarding network benefits at these urgent care centers.

Continue to Maintain Your Health
It is important to maintain your health after being seen by a provider. Follow these tips to stay well:

Download the appropriate map below to locate your nearest urgent care facility.




For Florida, please call our P3 Medical group office at (727) 202-8140 to discuss your options.

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