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Non-life-threatening medical needs

The doctors at First Physicians are experts in providing comprehensive medical care and treatment for a variety of urgent care needs. With five locations to serve you in Odessa, TX – Wendover Family Medicine, Westview Medical Clinic, East University Family Medicine, Women’s Health, and Occupational Medical Testing – excellent care is always close by for medical conditions that need prompt attention but aren’t life-threatening.

Now, you won’t have to spend hours waiting in the emergency room when our urgent care physicians can provide you with the professional, personalized care you need. Typically, urgent care services also cost less than a trip to the ER does.

Urgent Care Q&A


Q: What is urgent care?

A: Urgent care is a type of medical care you can receive at a medical practice like First Physicians for conditions that need quick attention but aren’t life-threatening. Urgent care is provided for a variety of acute (sudden) illnesses or injuries as well as exacerbation of some chronic illnesses. An urgent care clinic or practice comes in handy when you don’t have a regular doctor or you’re not able to get an appointment to see your doctor in a timely manner. Medical concerns that you would normally consider having addressed at your doctor’s office are generally the same types of conditions that can be treated at an urgent care facility.

Q: What types of medical concerns can be treated in urgent care?

A: Here is a list of conditions First Physicians urgent care treats:

  • Sore throat/throat infections
  • Ear pain/ear infections
  • Bronchitis
  • Pneumonia
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Asthma exacerbations
  • Sprains and strains (ankles and knees for example)
  • Minor lacerations (cuts) and puncture wounds
  • Painful urination/urinary tract infections
  • Back strain or pain
  • Rashes

Q: How do I know if I need urgent care, an emergency room, or to call 911?

A: Symptoms that require care in an emergency room are:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain (sign of a heart attack)
  • Sudden loss of vision (possible stroke or detached retina)
  • Difficulty speaking, difficulty moving (paralysis), difficulty understanding speech, and confusion (all signs of a stroke)
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Seizures or convulsions
  • Severe trauma (injury) to the body from an accident, fall, or violence
  • Sudden, severe abdominal pain, or back pain
  • A broken bone or bone protruding through the skin
  • Severe lacerations (cuts) with active bleeding
  • Poisoning
  • Suicidal or homicidal thoughts

Call 911 if you think you, a loved one, or a friend is experiencing any medical condition or symptom that may be life-threatening and that requires immediate medical attention from first responders.