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About FirstMed Urgent Care - Cottonwood Heights

FirstMed is a locally owned and operated network of urgent care clinics providing medical services to residents on the Wasatch Front. We treat everything from sinus infections and flu to cuts requiring stitches and broken bones. All 5 of our convenient locations have x-ray and lab services to aid in the diagnosis and treatment when you are sick or injured.

1950 East 7000 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84121

  • Office Hours
  • Monday - Friday 09:00 AM - 09:00 PM
    Saturday 09:00 AM - 09:00 PM
    Sunday 09:00 AM - 09:00 PM


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Just because we aren’t an emergency room or physician’s office doesn’t mean you can’t use your health insurance to pay for the medical care you receive at a FirstMed Urgent Care - Cottonwood Heights. We accept various plans, including Aetna, TriCare, Arches Health Plan, Medicaid, Tall Tree Administrators and Cigna.

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Another great thing about having a family doctor is that she or he can save you money. Besides saving by using primary care, your family doctor can go a long way in cutting down your need for a trip to the emergency room, being admitted to the hospital or the need for surgery. Let us help you head unnecessary and avoidable medical as well as financial trouble off at the pass.

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FirstMed Urgent Care - Cottonwood Heights is a great alternative to the emergency room, and you might prefer the way we take care of you. If you like, you’re more than welcome to give us a call if you’d like to learn more about our services, locations and business hours.

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Family health tips for 2019

Maintaining your good health is not just the job of the family doctor. It’s up to each of us to take an active part in staying healthy.

Your family doctor in Salt Lake City Utah has some easy-to-follow suggestions that will help you pursue the best health for the whole family through 2019. By following a few easy steps, you’ll be able to make healthy living a regular part of your everyday life, and the entire family can have an happy visit for the next check-up with the family doctor.

Make good health a part of your everyday life

Good health doesn’t come from a pill, a family doctor, nor from an occasional salad or workout. Take an approach to looking after the health that includes body, mind, spirit, family and social life.

Make every decision with health in mind. This includes what you eat and what you do throughout each day.

Plan healthy meals that involve lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. This should include snacks. The less processed food you eat, the better.

Consider exercise in your daily activities, as well. For example, how do you get to work or school? If you usually drive, can you walk or cycle instead? Building physical activity, especially outdoors, can provide a daily boost to your cardiovascular health (heart and circulatory system) lungs and immune system. Even walking short trips to church, store or to friends can be a health boost.

Make friends and family a part of your health plan

It’s harder to stay on a healthy track by yourself. Having partners in good health helps keep you all motivated and on track.

If running or going to the gym regularly is part of your plan, take a buddy with you. Knowing you’ll be ditching your partner makes it harder to skip a workout.

A healthy diet has to include the whole family. It’s just impossible to stay on a healthy diet if everyone around you is eating heavy desserts and salty snacks. Ask your family doctor to direct you to resources on making informed, healthy choices.

Set realistic, achievable goals

All too often, we begin the new year with solemn but completely unrealistic goals: lose 30 pounds by beach season; hit the gym five times a week; eliminate all carbs from the diet.

Unrealistic goals set us up for failure. When we don’t meet an unrealistic goal, like quitting unhealthy snacks completely or losing 10 pounds by the end of the month, we get discouraged and give up on other health-promoting resolutions, as well.

It also hammers our self-esteem and contributes to depression and other health-reducing issues.

A more productive approach is to set goals that we can reasonably achieve by a particular time.

Start by consulting your family doctor on what is your ideal weight, and what are realistic goals for you and your family in the coming year. Then get to work on a plan that you can be successful with.

  • Weight loss: Most family doctors and health professionals agree that committing to losing a pound or two a week is reasonable. To accomplish this, you need to burn 500 to 1000 calories more than you consume each day. It’s not that hard to reduce intake by 500 calories. Cutting sugar from your coffee saves 15 to 20 calories. Choose extra vegetables instead of rice or potatoes with your meal. Eat one less snack per day, and when you do snack, eat carrots or berries instead of cookies or chips.
  • Exercise: It’s harder to burn 500 more calories by exercise. For a 140-pound person, for example it would take an hour of outdoor cycling, or 45 minutes of spinning indoors, every day, or more than two hours of pilates. On the other hand, regular exercise is an essential part of not only weight loss, but overall health. It improves every single system in your body, including your immunity and your mood. That’s even more pronounced when you get outside. Choose an activity that you enjoy. Even a walk in the park every day can have a huge impact over time. But if you don’t enjoy your rowing machine or treadmill, they’ll end up gathering dust under your bed or in the basement.

Set aside time for health

Make healthy activity part of your daily routine. If you’re the type of person who likes to plan your day and your week, put your workout into your day-planner. Set aside time to shop for healthy food alternatives — it’s all too easy to opt for the quick junk-food binge.

The positive power of deadlines

Your health goals should be achievable, but that includes a deadline. Consult your family doctor to help set a realistic goal that includes a date. For example, to lose five pounds by the end of the month. It requires that you stick to your plan, but it can be done. That way, when you achieve it, you’re more encouraged to achieve the next goal. And you’ll find that the way you feel better in just about every part of your life makes pursuing more ambitious goals easier, as well.

By setting reasonable, achievable health goals for 2019, and including family and friends, you’ll all have a better checkup with your family doctor.

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What you should not do at the urgent care clinic

No one can predict an emergency, medical or otherwise. But we can plan to be ready to respond when emergencies happen, and that includes getting medical care.

Doing a little research into the urgent care that’s available where you live can make all the difference in a situation when seconds count. It’s vital that you know your options for medical services before you need them. Take a little time to get to know where to go — and when.

Don't choose urgent care when you need the emergency room

The urgent care clinic can handle a wide range of things, but it’s set up to address situations that are not life-threatening. Go immediately to the closest hospital emergency room if you or someone near you is experiencing any of these problems:

  • Heart attack — symptoms include severe chest pain or pressure that radiates to the neck, jaw, back and arms, sweating, nausea, cold and clammy skin, shortness of breath, confusion, dizziness, extreme fatigue or loss of consciousness.
  • Stroke – symptoms include slurred or labored speech, sudden numbness in the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body; sudden confusion; trouble seeing, walking or other movement; dizziness; loss of balance or coordination; or sudden, severe headache with no apparent cause.
  • Labor — most urgent care clinics are not set up to deliver babies. Instead, head for a birthing center or an emergency room.
  • Unconscious patients — the place to go is the emergency room.
  • Uncontrollable bleeding
  • Head trauma
  • Serious abdominal pain
  • Bullet or stab wounds

Don't use urgent care for the treatment of chronic conditions

These clinics are designed to provide immediate treatment of urgent, but non life-threatening, conditions. Go to your primary care physician or specialist for questions about, or treatment of, symptoms related to:

  • Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Refilling prescriptions
  • Chronic pain
  • Vaccinations
  • Wellness and other routine checkups

Don't choose randomly

Remember the Boy Scouts’ motto: “Be prepared.” Do a little research now about the choices for urgent care in your area. Look first for those close to your home and workplace, but remember that some clinics specialize in areas like pediatric care (for children) or senior care.

Check online or with a quick phone call about whether the clinic accepts your health insurance plan or, if applicable, is part of your health network. Knowing where to go can save precious minutes.

Don't forget to bring a list of your medications

Again, preparation can make a world of difference. If you don’t have a list of all the medications that you and your family take, make it now. Have it ready to go with you when you or a loved one needs sudden care.

Remember to include not only medications prescribed by your primary care doctor, but also over-the-counter medications and any recreational substances you may use regularly. These can all have significant interactions with medications that the clinic may prescribe.

Don't go alone

If you can, bring someone you trust with you to the care center. This person can help you if you are injured, and ask questions and receive answers that you, in an injured or ill state, may not be able to remember. A family member or trusted friend can also assist with care after medical treatment.

Do know when to choose this type of care

You should go to the nearest clinic if you require treatment when your primary care physician’s office is closed, such as after hours or on holidays. Go to urgent care for:

  • Upper respiratory tract infections such as flu, cough from infection, nasal congestion or cold
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Sprains and strains
  • Deep cuts where you can control bleeding
  • Fever without a rash
  • Vomiting or persistent diarrhea
  • Non-severe abdominal pain

Do prepare for emergencies now

Take a few minutes now to make a list of the medications you use now, and put it where you can grab it quickly in an urgent situation. Then do a little research on the closest urgent care clinic to your home, workplace and children’s schools. Check on whether they specialize in any one kind of treatment, and write down their address and phone number where you can find it quickly.

Remember that you can come to any FirstMed Urgent Care Clinic when the situation calls for urgent care in West Jordan Utah.

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What your family doctor needs to know about your urgent care visit

Medical issues and emergencies never happen at convenient times. When you need medical attention outside of your family doctor’s office hours, you’ll have to turn to the emergency room or urgent care clinic. But after you receive treatment, it’s important to follow up with your family doctor as soon as possible to make sure you’re getting the continuing care you need.

A study in Ontario found that up to 30 percent of patients discharged from the hospital after an emergency room admittance fail to see their family doctor within 30 days. This delay in seeking care can turn into a long-term problem for patients with chronic conditions like diabetes, emphysema or heart disease.

When to go to urgent care

If your condition is serious or life-threatening, or involves a broken bone, call 911 or go to a hospital emergency room immediately. Someone who is unconscious or having seizures, chest pain, or serious bleeding should be taken to the ER, as well.

If your situation is not acute or life-threatening, and you cannot reach your family doctor, or can’t wait for their regular office hours, go to the urgent care clinic. Walk-in and urgent care clinics are equipped, staffed and trained for ear and eye infections, skin conditions, sprains and strains and cold and flu symptoms. They can even do x-rays and other diagnostic procedures.

If an urgent care or walk-in clinic is right for your situation, don’t hesitate to go. If possible, bring a list of all the medications and drugs you take, including recreational substances, with the doses and frequency. If time permits, make a list of questions for the urgent care provider.

At the clinic, tell the healthcare provider you see everything you can about your symptoms, how you feel and your general condition. This is important to make the right diagnosis and determine the best treatment.

Follow up with your family doctor

Whether the result is a prescription, stitches, a brace or whatever else it may be, it’s important to follow up as soon as you can with your primary care provider. This will allow them to assess how you’re responding to the treatment and make any necessary adjustments. They will also be able to update your medical record.

A family doctor will also be able to determine if you need further treatment or care, such as a referral to a specialist, further diagnostic procedures or physiotherapy.

A follow-up with the doctor who knows your medical history is important if your treatment involves prescription medication, especially of pain medication such as opioids.

Children whose parents take them to an urgent care clinic because of flu symptoms are often prescribed antibiotics “just in case,” or because the parents ask for them. However, if the symptoms are the result of a viral infection, rather than bacterial, the antibiotic will not be effective. Worse, over-prescription of antibiotics is driving the emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The family doctor can assess in a follow-up visit whether the antibiotic is necessary or not.

Patients who see their primary health care provider after a visit to the ER or urgent care center are also more likely to be taking their medications properly, and getting the specialist care they need.

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In fact, family doctors want their patients to see them regularly to monitor their long-term health. While women make regular appointments to see doctors specializing in women's health issues, men tend to go to the doctor only when they’re sick or injured, which means they often miss early warning signs that could help them avoid a larger problem.

When you need urgent care, visit one of FirstMed’s five locations in the Salt Lake City area. But make sure you follow up as soon as you can with your family doctor in Salt Lake City Utah.

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