The Baliwag Malasakit Center, located at Pagala Baliwag Bulacan, a priority project/ program of the Local Chief Executive Ferdie Estrella currently provides free medical, and surgical consultations, as well as free physical therapy programs to all residents of Baliwag, with priority and importance given to senior citizens and PWD’s. At the moment, the clinic operates from 8:00am to 5:00pm from Monday to Friday; however, come 2018, and along with the newly constructed building extension, the Malasakit Center will start to offer urgent care services to all residents of Baliwag 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A team of qualified and competitive physicians and nurses will see to the delivery of the said services.
Now the question is, what is urgent care? Say for example you injured your finger while cutting meat at home for dinner, or accidentally sustained a minor skin burn in the middle of the night, where would you go for help? Normally the response is to go to the emergency rooms of hospitals within the area for medical attention, but with the existence of an Urgent care clinic, patients can go to Malasakit Center to seek for medical treatment. Urgent care centers are perfect for most non-life threatening situations and ideal if something happens outside regular clinic hours. The new extension now has an immediate response area for walk-in or newly arrived patients requiring immediate attention, a delivery room, a recovery room, and a minor operating room to cater to a broad spectrum of illnesses, injuries, and conditions. An urgent care clinic is not meant to replace your primary care physician, instead it is a convenient alternative or option for patients who would like to receive treatment for the following, including but not limited to:
- Back pain – nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
- Minor headaches – bumps, cuts, scrapes
- Fever – ear or sinus pain
- Cough or sore throat – animal bites
- Lacerations – sprains and strains
- Mild asthma – foreign objects in eyes or nose
- Mild allergies – rashes and minor burns
- Colf or flu symptoms – minor fractures
- Mild dehydration – Hypertension
Other conditions such as chest pain, difficulty of breathing, and trauma can still be attended to, but only until the patient is stable and ready for transfer to a more suitable medical facility for further management.
It is vital to know that the difference between urgent care and emergency room is the severity of the health problem. If the condition threatens to take the life of a patient, we would advise everyone to directly send the patient to an emergency room instead. If the condition is a minor illness or injury, we encourage patients to take advantage of our Urgent care services which will become available by 2018.
Article by: Paul Anthony P. Valeroso, RN