Same-day Appointments

Same-day Appointments services offered in The Loop, Chicago, IL

You don’t plan to get sick or injured, so you need a practice that offers same-day appointments in these urgent cases. At Michigan Avenue Primary Care in The Loop of downtown Chicago, Illinois, primary care specialists provide same-day appointments for adults and children who need urgent care. Call the office or request a same-day appointment online today. 

What is a same-day appointment?

Same-day appointments are reserved for patients with urgent health concerns. These appointments are appropriate when you have an illness or injury that doesn’t warrant an emergency room visit but does need attention in the next 24 hours.

Michigan Avenue Primary Care reserves appointments daily for patients who experience an unexpected injury or illness or need medical management for a complication with chronic health conditions.

What conditions are suitable for same-day appointments?

Same-day visits are appropriate when you have an urgent health need but are not facing a life-threatening condition. Some common reasons for a same-day appointment include:

  • Flu or cold symptoms
  • Fever/chills
  • Upper respiratory infection
  • Strep throat
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Sinus infection
  • Unexplained rash
  • Stomach virus
  • Sports injuries
  • Suspected fracture or sprain

Patients with chronic conditions who experience flare-ups, such as an asthma attack or severe arthritis pain, also benefit from same-day appointments. These consultations don’t replace your regular chronic disease management visits but help you cope with symptoms that suddenly worsen.

When should I schedule a same-day visit?

Many mild to moderate illnesses and injuries are manageable at home with over-the-counter medications, rest, and fluids. However, certain symptoms that persist and worsen with time indicate you should seek medical care. These include:

  • Chronic cough
  • Severe throat pain
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Dehydration
  • Prolonged fever
  • Body aches and extreme fatigue
  • Joint swelling
  • Inability to bear weight

Life-threatening conditions, like symptoms of a heart attack or a deep stab wound, require a visit to the emergency room.

What happens during a same-day visit?

The same-day visit addresses your immediate medical needs. If you have questions about other aspects of your health, it’s best to schedule a routine appointment.

Your provider gives you an exam and provides a customized treatment plan. This may include prescription medication and self-care recommendations. The goal is to help you recover at home quickly and effectively.

Depending on the nature of your symptoms, you may require specific diagnostic tests, like blood work or X-rays, for an accurate diagnosis. These tests can be done right in the office, so there’s no need to take the time to travel to another location.

If your symptoms indicate a complex illness or injury, Michigan Avenue Primary Care can refer you to a specialist.

Call Michigan Avenue Primary Care if you have an urgent need that would benefit from a same-day in-person or telehealth visit. Alternatively, you can schedule an appointment online at any time.