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Questions & Answers: JFK Urgent Care Center

 stern marcelWhat is JFK's Urgent Care Center?
The JFK Urgent Care Center is similar to going to a doctor's office, where you can see a physician whose practice is geared toward acute health conditions that aren't life-threatening.  The JFK Urgent Care Center is centrally located to serve our community, open seven days a week with a full staff of board-certified physicians, and is equipped with diagnostic equipment to conduct variety of lab tests as well as x-ray imaging.

What conditions do you treat at the Urgent Care Center?
You should go to the Urgent Care Center when you need to see a doctor for a non-emergency health problem.  For example, the doctors at the JFK Urgent Care Center treat a range of Illnesses, including colds, flu, coughs and other viral illnesses, sore throats, ear, nose and sinus infections, bronchitis, pneumonia and sinus attacks, urinary tract infections, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and allergic reactions (such as poison ivy).  The Urgent Care Center also treats non-emergency injuries, including sports or orthopedic injuries such as muscular problems or simple bone fractures, lacerations (cuts), abrasions and splinters.  

Why shouldn't I just go to the Emergency Room?
Remember, Emergency Rooms are there to deal with very sick or badly injured patients; that is, the specialists in the ER move first on the true emergencies, often times life-or-death conditions. If your health issue is not an emergency, seeing a doctor at the Urgent Care Center will not only get you faster treatment for what ails you, but it will be less expensive as well.

Does the Urgent Care Center have the equipment, facilities, and staff to take care of me?
The JFK Urgent Care Center is more than just a doctor's office.  In addition to the board-certified physicians that will treat you, we have on-site capabilities for EKG's, a range of lab tests (blood, urine and cultures) and x-ray imaging.  If more intensive or specialized care is needed, the JFK Medical Center is only ten minutes away.

Who treats the patients in the JFK Urgent Care Center?
Patients who come into our Urgent Care Center are treated by one of our board-certified physicians working in the Center.  If you need a referral to a specialist for your injury or illness, we will coordinate that referral with your own primary care physician.  If you don't have a primary care physician, we will make the referral directly to the specialist.

Is there a lot of paperwork involved when you go in?
The JFK Urgent Care Center accepts most health insurance plans, and we pride ourselves on having an efficient administrative system that does its utmost to move you to treatment as rapidly as possible. Additionally, we retain your information in our system to make any return visits a smooth as possible.

How accessible is the Urgent Care Center?
Centrally located at 1080 Stelton Road (the corner of Stelton Road and Metlars Lane) in Piscataway, the Center is just 10 minutes from the main JFK Medical Center.  The JFK Urgent Care Center features extended treatment hours, seven days a week – from 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM Monday through Friday, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Saturdays, and from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM on Sundays.  No appointment is necessary.  Just walk-in.

For additional information or questions, please call (848) 230-6800.

Reference:
Dr. Marcel Stern
Medical Director
JFK Urgent Care Center