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Outpatient Clinic Questions and Answers

Outpatient care facilities can provide patients with additional benefits, including less expensive services and less time spent waiting to see a doctor. Learn more about the benefits of the outpatient clinic by visiting us at NuHope. For more information, call us or schedule an appointment online. We are conveniently located at 19026 Ridgewood Pkwy Suite 311 San Antonio, TX 78259.

Outpatient Clinic Near Me in San Antonio, TX
Outpatient Clinic Near Me in San Antonio, TX

Whether you have had any previous hospitalizations or not, you have likely heard the terms “inpatient” and “outpatient” thrown around by various medical professionals. However, it is also possible that those terms have never been fully explained to you! In that case, we have provided some questions and answers on outpatient services below to give you a better understanding of what is meant by those terms.

What is considered an outpatient clinic?

An outpatient clinic is any medical facility that provides medical care to individuals without requiring them to be admitted or stay overnight in the facility. In general, any medical appointment that does not require hospital admission is conducted at an outpatient clinic. As such, there are various examples of outpatient clinics, including:

  • Emergency rooms
  • Lab testing departments
  • Medical spas
  • Pain management clinics
  • Primary care clinics
  • Urgent care clinics
  • Walk-in clinics

What is the purpose of an outpatient clinic?

Outpatient clinics are designed to provide medical care to individuals who have medical concerns that can be dealt with sufficiently during a single appointment, as opposed to those illnesses, conditions, infections, and injuries that require 24-hour monitoring in a hospital setting. With that in mind, their primary purpose is to reduce the volume of patients in a hospital at any given so nurses and doctors can provide adequate care to those who require inpatient care.

In that light, some of the services that are provided in outpatient clinical settings include:

  • Counselling and routine psychiatric care
  • Diagnostic services, such as blood tests, X-rays, medical resonance imaging (MRI) scans, and others
  • Minor surgeries
  • Rehabilitation services
  • Various treatments for chronic and acute injuries, conditions, or illnesses

What are the advantages of outpatient care facilities?

The development of outpatient care facilities has provided many advantages for hospital staff and patients alike. For hospital staff, outpatient care facilities reduce the volume of patients they are required to care for so they can dedicate their energy, focus, and medical expertise to those who need it most. For patients, outpatient care facilities reduce the amount of time they would need to spend in the hospital to receive the care they need. In essence, outpatient facilities make it possible for patients only to require hospitalization if they need it.

In addition to those primary benefits, outpatient care facilities can also provide patients with additional benefits, including less expensive services and less time spent waiting to see a doctor.

Hospitals and emergency rooms are the most expensive medical facility to receive medical services from. The same services provided at an outpatient facility will save you a significant amount of money.

Furthermore, if you have ever spent time in the emergency room and then had to be admitted, you are likely familiar with the “watching paint dry” feeling of waiting to see a doctor in those situations. First, there is the waiting room, then there is the time spent waiting to see a doctor in the room your appointed room, and then there is the time spent as your doctor decides if you need to be hospitalized.

In contrast, when you visit an outpatient facility for your appointment, you will either schedule an appointment beforehand or go to a walk-in clinic and most likely be in and out of the facility within an hour.

With that being said, there are many instances an outpatient facility is insufficient to provide proper care to individuals. In general, such situations involve inpatient hospital admission.

For more information about our outpatient clinic at Nuhope or an appointment with us, we invite you to call us or schedule an appointment through our website! Nuhope is located at 19026 Ridgewood Pkwy Suite 311, in San Antonio, Texas. We serve patients from San Antonio TX, Kirby TX, Leon Valley TX, Alamo Heights TX, Castle Hills TX, Olmos Park TX, and Terrell Hills TX.