Where to Get the Care You Need, When You Need It, Right Here in Humboldt

March 13, 2019

When to Go to Your Primary Care Provider

You can’t guess when you or someone in your family will get sick. But, when things come up during the week, your primary care provider is the best place to start. Whether you need to be seen for an illness that doesn’t need immediate attention or you need to set up your annual physical, your primary care provider can address all aspects of your care.

Things you can see your primary care provider for:

·      Preventive care (routine immunizations, annual physicals and pap smears)

·       Medication refills

·       Persistent cold symptoms

·       Fever

·       Sprains

·       Pink eye

·       High blood pressure and high cholesterol

·       Anxiety and depression

·       Diabetes

UnityPoint Clinic - Humboldt 
1010 15th St N, Humboldt, IA 50548
(515) 332-2015

Hours:
Monday 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Tuesday-Friday 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Closed Saturday-Sunday

When to Use UnityPoint Walk-In Clinic Humboldt (Urgent Care)

If health needs come up on the evenings, weekends and holidays, urgent care/express care clinics are available. With walk-in appointments and flexible hours, urgent care/express care clinics are good options when the unexpected happens.

“Urgent care is available during times your primary care doctor may not be, with later and weekend hours. Urgent care can handle injuries and illnesses, but it isn’t a good place to get care for chronic conditions. If you have a UnityPoint Health primary care doctor, our urgent care clinicians will have access to your electronic health record and can communicate information back to your regular doctor,” Dr. Newland says.

Remember, urgent care/express care should be used for injuries and illnesses that aren’t life threatening but still require fast attention. What you can go to urgent care for:

·       Upper respiratory problems

·       Sinus infection, sore throat or ear infection

·       Minor injuries, including small cuts and burns

·       Non-life-threatening allergic reactions

·       Minor rash or skin infection

·       Bug bites, minor animal or human bites

·       Urinary tract infection

UnityPoint Walk-In Clinic is located inside the Humboldt County Memorial Hospital.

Hours:
Friday 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 
Saturday-Sunday 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Closed Monday - Thursday
(515) 332-7555 | unitypoint.org

When to Use Virtual Care

UnityPoint Health Virtual Care is another care option available to you. Virtual care allows you to see a doctor anytime, anywhere – 24/7, 365 days a year. For $39 or less, you can see a trusted provider through a secure video connection on your laptop, tablet or smartphone to receive treatment for common conditions.

Conditions treatable by virtual care:

·      Bronchitis

·       Cough

·       Sinus infection

·       Sore throat

·       Urinary tract infection

·       Vomiting and/or diarrhea

·       Fever

·       Pink eye

·       Influenza

·       Sprains and strains

·       Respiratory infection

·       Headache

·       Anxiety and/or depression

·       Weight concerns

·       Smoking cessation

“Virtual care is a newer option and can be a convenient way to access care for select minor conditions, not to mention, it costs a fraction of an emergency room visit,” Dr. Newland says.

Help your family feel better without leaving home. Try virtual care today!

When to Go to the Hospital

For serious or life-threatening health issues, you need to call 911 or go to the emergency room.

“The emergency department is an expensive place to receive care and should be utilized for life-threatening injuries and illnesses. When people utilize the emergency department for minor injuries and illnesses, it causes the cost for all of us to go up,” Dr. Newland says.

Reasons to go to the emergency room include:

·       Chest pain or symptoms of heart attack (sweating and shortness of breath)

·       Symptoms of stroke (sudden dizziness, weakness, loss of coordination, balance and vision problems)

·       Injuries from a car accident

·       Head pain (sudden or severe) or head injury

·       Loss of consciousness (with or without head injury)

·       Severe cuts

·       Open broken bones

·       Abdominal pain (sudden or severe)

·       Choking

·       Poisoning

·       Uncontrolled fever

·       Foreign object in the eye