Urgent Care

Stuart Lerner, MD

Family Medicine & Holistic Medicine located in Kailua, HI

If you’re experiencing a non-life-threatening emergency, don’t go to the emergency room. Instead, walk into Stuart Lerner, MD, in Kailua, Hawaii, for urgent care. The team at Stuart Lerner, MD, sees you more quickly and with a great level of care. Dr. Lerner has 15 years of experience as an ER physician and is qualified to care for most urgent care needs. To learn more, call the practice or send a message via the online booking tool.

Urgent Care Q & A

What is urgent care?

Urgent care is medical care that Dr. Lerner offers at his office for the immediate treatment of minor and moderate illnesses, wounds, and infections. Urgent care serves as an affordable, much quicker alternative to the emergency room in non-life-threatening situations.

At Stuart Lerner, MD, the urgent care team addresses acute and chronic conditions, including:

  • Allergic reactions
  • Insect bites
  • Sinusitis
  • Vaginitis
  • Pneumonia
  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Rash
  • Back pain
  • Pink eye
  • Diarrhea
  • Ear infections
  • Sprains and strains
  • Abscesses and wounds
  • Lacerations
  • Insect bites
  • Migraines
  • Upper respiratory infections
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Mononucleosis
  • Asthma attacks
  • Mild concussions

When should I choose the emergency room?

Sometimes, urgent care isn’t the right answer, and you instead need to go to the emergency room. This is because urgent care isn’t equipped to address some situations. If you encounter any of the following symptoms, seek emergency care immediately:

  • Severe chest pain, particularly if it radiates to the jaw or arm
  • Paralysis
  • Weakness on one side of the body
  • Sudden severe headaches
  • Sudden loss of sight
  • Sudden difficulty understanding speech or speaking
  • Intestinal bleeding
  • Car accident accompanied by airbag deployment
  • Uncontrolled vomiting
  • Rash accompanied by high fever
  • Severe burns
  • Bleeding while on blood thinners

Also, if your infant under four months of age develops a fever, take them into the ER for care.

What is the difference between urgent care and the ER?

Urgent care centers treat non-life-threatening conditions that you need to address immediately, or that occur outside of regular family practice hours.

Emergency rooms, on the other hand, are designed to treat patients with serious and potentially fatal conditions, like traumatic injuries, stroke, and heart attack.

Every year in the United States, about 40% of people who visit an ER could have visited an urgent care center instead. Urgent care offers shorter wait times and they produce much smaller medical bills than the emergency room.

At ERs, which are typically overcrowded, you may wait between three and four hours before anyone sees you. In contrast, on average, you have to wait less than 15 minutes to be seen at an urgent care center.

Do you have a non-life-threatening emergency? If so, come to the urgent care center at Stuart Lerner, MD, in Kailua, Hawaii, today.