Sick Visits Specialist

Northeast Medical, PC -  - Family Medicine

Northeast Medical, PC

Family Medicine & Primary Care Practice located in Amherst, NY & Cheektowaga, NY

Everyone gets ill at some point. A sick visit is an appointment you make with a doctor or nurse to treat a specific condition. Tajinderpal Singh, MD, is a family medicine provider at Northeast Medical, PC in Amherst and Cheektowaga, New York. He offers sick visits at convenient times so you can get treatment when you need it. If you or a family member needs medical attention, make an appointment today. Call the practice or inquire through the website.

Sick Visits Q & A

What is a sick visit?

As the name suggested, a sick visit — or office visit — is an appointment you make with a doctor when you're sick. They differ from routine checks or well visits, which you attend regardless of how healthy you are.

During a sick visit, your doctor focuses only on the cause of your visit. It isn't time to discuss general health concerns or to perform a wellness check. Instead, your doctor examines and diagnoses the issue, and then prescribes treatment.

What happens during a sick visit?

Sick visits last around 15-30 minutes. Your doctor asks questions about your illness, such as your symptoms, when they began, whether you've been in contact with other sick people, and other situation-specific questions to help them reach a diagnosis.

If this is your first time at Northeast Medical, PC, you also need to provide information about your medical history.

When should I schedule a sick visit?

Most of the time, sickness is a passing virus that lasts a day or two. Often, rest, plenty of fluids, and over-the-counter medicine are enough to have you feeling well again. However, you should schedule a sick visit if the symptoms last longer than three days or worsen.

Other times you should make an appointment include:

  • You have a fever over 104°F that doesn't break
  • You're sick and have compromised immunity
  • You have a rash
  • You have severe stomach pains with vomiting and diarrhea
  • You've recently hit your head
  • You think you may have a chest, ear, eye, or throat infection

If you have concerns about your health, never put off seeking medical help. It's always better to be safe than sorry.

What is the difference between a sick visit and emergency care?

A sick visit is for non-emergency health concerns. Typically, you can wait 24 hours for an appointment to become available without your condition worsening or become life- or limb-threatening.

Always go to emergency care if you have a medical emergency, like heavy bleeding, breathing difficulties, or seizures — anything that needs immediate treatment. If you don't have an emergency but also don't think you can wait until an office visit appointment time opens up, go to urgent care.

Your well-being is too important to risk. If you have any concerns about your health or you're unsure how severe your symptoms are, call Northeast Medical, PC, or use the web inquiry form.