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Urgent Care Specialist

Wissam M. Shaya, MD -  - Board Certified Family Medicine

Smart Choice Medical

Wissam M. Shaya, MD

Board Certified Family Medicine & Laser Specialist located in Jacksonville, FL

If you’ve ever experienced severe flu symptoms, a worrisome reaction to an insect bite, or any other kind of non-life-threatening emergency, you’re probably already familiar with urgent care medicine. Board-certified family physician Wissam Shaya, MD, of Smart Choice Medical in Jacksonville, Florida, offers a full scope of urgent care services for patients of all ages with acute health issues that aren’t life-threatening but do require immediate medical attention. Call or book your same-day urgent care appointment online today.

Urgent Care Q & A

What is urgent health care? 

Urgent care includes as-needed medical services for acute injury or illness that bridge the gap between appointment-only health care services and emergency room services. Urgent care is an ideal solution for any patient with a pressing injury or illness that isn’t life-threatening but does require treatment right away. 

As an urgent care specialist, Dr. Shaya assesses, diagnoses, and treats non-life-threatening illnesses and injuries virtually every day. As a family medicine physician, he also has the training, skill, and experience to deal with a wide variety of health conditions, ranging from earaches and skin rashes to bone fractures and viral infections.

When should I opt for urgent care? 

Urgent care is usually the best option when you find yourself facing a pressing medical issue that doesn’t require emergency care but can’t necessarily wait for a scheduled appointment with your primary care physician. Some of the problems Dr. Shaya treats most often are: 

  • Coughing and bronchitis
  • Earache and sore throat 
  • Sinus infections
  • Conjunctivitis (pink eye) 
  • Allergic reactions
  • Insect bites and rashes
  • Minor asthma attacks
  • Diarrhea and constipation 

Whether you accidentally cut your finger and you can’t seem to make it stop bleeding, or you’re experiencing migraine pain that just seems to be getting worse, opting to receive urgent care can get you the direct and immediate attention you need so you don’t have to wait hours, days, or even weeks to be seen by a medical professional. 

How is urgent care different from the emergency room?

There are several important distinctions between the emergency services you may receive in a hospital and the urgent care services you can expect at Smart Choice Medical. 

Emergency room physicians are trained and equipped to handle serious life-threatening injuries and illnesses; emergency rooms are also open and staffed to treat patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

Urgent care physicians, on the other hand, are trained and equipped to treat severe but non-life-threatening health problems within normal business hours or during extended hours. 

As a primary care family practice with regular business hours, Smart Choice Medical offers extended hours on Mondays and Wednesdays, limited weekend hours, and as-needed urgent care appointments.  

If you have an urgent medical problem that can’t wait for a regular appointment, call Smart Choice Medical or book a same-day appointment online today.