Summer often means fun in the sun, but spending more time outdoors and around water can lead to heat exhaustion, injuries such as cuts or broken bones, concussions, and more. The good news is those in the Greater Heights have a wide variety of options for receiving care.
“From primary care to emergency care and everything in between, people in the Heights area have a variety of options within the Memorial Hermann Health System to best fit their healthcare needs,” says Neha Patel, M.D., a board-certified family medicine physician practicing at Memorial Hermann Urgent Care Washington. “Choosing the right type of care can save a patient time and money.”
Dr. Patel offers this guidance for some of the most common summer injuries:
• Heat-related illness and Dehydration: Urgent Care or Emergency Center
The board-certified family medicine physicians at Memorial Hermann Urgent Care can provide IV fluids if someone is dehydrated. For severe dehydration or heatstroke, patients should go to the Emergency Center at Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital.
• Skin rashes or infections: Primary Care or Urgent Care
• Usually, you can use over-the-counter-medication to treat minor rashes caused by poison ivy, poison oak, and insect bites. However, if the rash becomes worse and is painful and swollen, you may need a prescription medication. Memorial Hermann Urgent Care locations are a great option if you can’t get an appointment with your primary care physician. They are open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
• The physicians at Urgent Care can order x-rays and manage a broken bone, apply a splint, or properly wrap a sprained joint. They can also treat certain joint dislocations including finger joints.
• Concussion: Emergency Center
• Head injuries that lead to a loss of consciousness, confusion, or nausea could be signs of a concussion and should be treated at an Emergency Center. There, a physician may order a CT scan or MRI to make sure your brain is not bruised or bleeding. You can also get emergency care at a Memorial Hermann Convenient Care Center, should one be closer to you than a Memorial Hermann Hospital.
“Those who visit a Memorial Hermann Urgent Care also have their visit logged in their Memorial Hermann electronic health record. That means should you need a follow up with a Memorial Hermann Medical Group primary care physician, or even need to go to a Memorial Hermann Emergency Center, physicians will be able to easily review any tests or notes taken by the physician at the urgent care,” says Dr. Patel.
Find nearby Heights-area Primary Care Clinic or Urgent Care Clinic. Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital has a Level III trauma center staffed with specially-trained nurses and physicians prepared to provide critical care services.