on-site labAll around the country, ‘minute clinics’ are popping up at a rapid rate. These small medical operations are opening up independently, as well as inside a number of pharmacies and super stores. They highlight their convenience and short wait times in an effort to brand themselves as a bridge between the doctor’s office and emergency room, but in reality, their services are too limited accurately live up to this image.

Urgent Care centers, such as AFC Doctors Express Urgent Care, offer a much wider range of services and staff a much more experienced team of physicians and licensed medical providers. Below is an in-depth list of characteristics describing our urgent care center and then minute clinics to help illustrate the difference between the two:

Urgent Care

  • Staff includes Board-Certified Physicians
  • On-Site Lab, complete with X-Rays, apparatus necessary for Urinalysis, STD Testing, Drug Testing, Strep Testing, etc…
  • Operating expenses allocated towards providing top-quality care (highly trained staff, state-of-the-art equipment, clean & comfortable center, etc…). No gimmicks like minute clinics.
  • More comprehensive list of patient services. We can also treat a number of conditions that minute clinics cannot.
  • We provide occupational health services to a number of local employers, such as pre-employment physicals, flu vaccination clinics, and DOT physicals.

Minute Clinics

  • Treats very minor medical conditions (often conditions that can be easily treated at home without needing to see a clinician.)
  • Only offer the most basic medical services (flu shots, treating minor skin conditions, etc…)
  • Limited testing capabilities: blood pressure, cholesterol, etc…
  • Typically no physicians on staff.
  • No Check-In Online

If you have any questions about the range of our services, call us at 425.291.3300 or visit us any day of the week in Kent, WA.