Same Day Appointments Specialist

Cornerstone Primary Care -  - Primary Care Internal Medicine

Cornerstone Primary Care

Primary Care Internal Medicine located in Walnut Creek, CA

Acute issues, such as the flu, a sports injury, or a skin rash, are severe enough that you need immediate care, but don’t need to rush to the emergency room. Ross Pirkle, MD, MS, and Anthony Bernens, MD, offer same-day appointments for acute medical concerns at Cornerstone Primary Care in Walnut Creek, California. Don’t delay treatment for urgent issues. Call the membership-based practice or schedule a same-day appointment using the online booking tool.

Same Day Appointments Q & A

When should I make a same-day appointment?

If you have a sudden illness or injury, make an immediate, same-day appointment at Cornerstone Primary Care. The practice preserves several appointments every day for such cases so you get the timely care you deserve. In most cases, early care prevents conditions from escalating and causing complications.

What issues are serious enough for a same-day appointment?

Some medical issues are urgent enough to not wait a week or two for a scheduled appointment. These include:

  • Hives and rashes
  • Fever
  • Ear pain
  • A new wound
  • Acute abdominal or pelvic pain
  • Sore throat
  • Dehydration
  • Sprains or strains
  • Stomach pain or digestive distress
  • Cold or flu symptoms
  • Burning during urination

Of course, if you have intense chest pain, an open wound that won’t stop bleeding, or suffered a serious fall and lost consciousness, head to your local emergency room immediately.

Other, more minor, emergencies are ideal for same-day care at Cornerstone Primary Care.

What services are provided with same-day care?

Cornerstone Primary Care provides immediate evaluation and care. They can refer you for imaging tests or blood tests if required. The doctors may also perform:

  • A targeted physical exam
  • Wound care
  • Throat cultures
  • Flu tests
  • Urinalysis
  • Breathing treatments
  • Joint aspiration or a cortisone shot
  • Draining an abscess
  • Electrocardiograms and rhythm strips
  • Some injectable medications
  • Imaging, lab tests, and urgent referrals can frequently be done the same day

Once the doctor pinpoints the reason for your illness or injury, he spends time educating you about your diagnosis and helps you understand your recovery process. They can also administer any treatments you need, including prescription medications or recommendations for over-the-counter remedies.

Do I need to come back in after a same-day appointment?

Sometimes, the doctors will want you to schedule a follow-appointment to ensure you’re healing properly. These follow-ups are usually recommended within a few days to a few weeks, especially if you have a serious illness or if your symptoms aren’t improving.

For men and women who have a complex condition, Cornerstone Primary Care refers you to a specialist in the community. They’ll coordinate your care so these extra steps in your health care go as smoothly as possible.

If you have an immediate, acute health concern and need a same-day appointment, call Cornerstone Primary Care or schedule online right away.