All About Pediatric
Urgent Care

Staffed by board-certified pediatricians, we treat children from newborns through age 21, and we work closely with your child’s physician to ensure appropriate follow-up care. Your child’s doctor always receives a full, faxed report the same day as your visit – and a consultation whenever it’s needed.
Open every day, including holidays!

 Pediatric Urgent Care FAQs

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What is pediatric urgent care?

 

Urgent care is a quicker and less expensive alternative to the ER. Pediatric urgent care is an urgent care center that treats children ONLY.  The age range can vary between pediatric clinics. After Hours Pediatrics sees all patients up to 21 years of age.

 

Before visiting an urgent care, make sure to call and verify that they treat patients in your child’s age range.

When should I take my child to urgent care vs. the ER?

 

Choosing urgent care or the emergency room depends on the severity of the injury or illness, and whether it’s life-threatening.

 

Urgent care centers do not treat life-threatening illnesses – these conditions need to be treated in the ER immediately. Urgent care centers can treat almost any other non-life-threatening condition, including:

  • Pneumonia
  • Flu
  • Pink eye
  • Sprains & strains
  • Injuries that need stitches
  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Stomach problems
  • Poison ivy
  • Minor burns
  • UTIs
  • And more!

Where is the closest children’s urgent care to me?

 

With urgent medical issues, time counts. Look for an urgent care within 5-10 miles if possible. After Hours Pediatrics has urgent care locations near the following neighborhoods:

  • North Tampa
  • South Tampa
  • Brandon
  • Palm Harbor
  • New Port Richey
  • Lake Worth
  • Oakland Park

View our Locations page for directions and hours.

Can urgent care prescribe medication for my child?

 

Pediatric urgent care centers can prescribe medication when needed, though it’s always best to have your child’s pediatrician prescribe long-term medications and treatments.

Can urgent care diagnose pneumonia, UTIs, and other illnesses?

 

Many pediatric urgent care centers have diagnostic and lab testing capabilities, but not all of them do. If you think your child needs diagnostic services, check the urgent care website to see what they offer.

 

After Hours Pediatrics has a laboratory and diagnostic technologies in-house. We can perform blood work, scans, and other tests on-site. View our full list of services here.

What urgent care services are available for my child?

 

Pediatric urgent care centers typically have the same services as adult urgent cares. This can include treatments for common injuries, illnesses, and conditions; diagnostic services; and home care and follow up information.

Can urgent care do stitches?

 

Pediatric urgent care can stitch up minor injuries.

 

If your child is bleeding profusely, or if the bleeding will not stop, immediately take them to the ER.

Can urgent care do blood tests?

 

Many children’s urgent care centers can do blood work on-site. However, some do send it off-site for testing. After Hours Pediatrics is equipped with an in-house laboratory for blood testing.

Can urgent care do physicals?

 

We perform physicals for children at After Hours Pediatrics. If you’re visiting a different location, check their website or call to ask about physicals.

Can urgent care do an MRI, X-ray, ultrasound, etc.?

 

Some pediatric urgent care centers have diagnostic technologies in-house. After Hours Pediatrics can do MRIs, X-rays, ultrasounds, CAT scans, and other imaging and diagnostic services. Check your urgent care’s website or call to ask about specific technologies.

Can urgent care write a doctor’s note?

 

If your child is seen at our facilities, we can provide a doctor’s note or excuse of absence upon request. Call your urgent care center to see whether they will provide a doctor’s note for your child.

Can urgent care give IVs?

 

Yes, urgent care centers are equipped to provide IV fluids as needed. If your child is severely dehydrated or cannot eat or drink, immediately take them to the emergency room.

Which urgent care is best for my child?

 

The best urgent care for your child depends on the severity of their condition, location, services, and insurance acceptance.

 

If your child needs treatment fast, the closest urgent care is likely the best. (If your child needs treatment IMMEDIATELY, take them to the emergency room right away.) If you have time to research urgent care near you, find one that takes your insurance and offers the services you need. If you know that your pediatrician works with a particular urgent care, that location may be best for your child.

 

Do I need to make an appointment for pediatric urgent care?

 

Most urgent care centers do not require an appointment and do take walk-ins. However, this may vary by location.

 

All of our services are offered on a walk-in basis. We do not accept appointments.

Are children’s urgent care centers open 24/7? On holidays?

 

Some pediatric urgent cares are open 24/7. Urgent care hours (especially holiday hours) vary greatly by location, so check online or by phone before visiting. After Hours Pediatrics is open every day of the year, and regular business hours every holiday.

 

Hours

  • Our offices located in Brandon and New Port Richey are open weeknights from 4 pm to 11 pm.
  • Our offices in North Tampa, South Tampa, Palm Harbor, Lake Worth and Oakland Park are open weeknights from 5 pm to 11 pm.
  • All of our offices are open on weekends from 1 pm to 11 pm.

Holiday Hours

  • If the holiday falls on Monday – Friday, our Brandon and New Port Richey locations are open from 4 pm to 11 pm
  • If the holiday falls on Monday – Friday, our offices in North Tampa, South Tampa, Palm Harbor, Lake Worth and Oakland Park are open from 5 pm to 11 pm.
  • If the holiday falls on a weekend, all locations are open 1 pm – 11 pm.

Will urgent care provide follow-up care with my child’s pediatrician?

 

Due to the sensitivity of children’s medical care, most pediatric urgent care centers will follow up with your pediatrician. If you’re not sure, call the clinic ahead of time.

 

After Hours Pediatrics faxes a report of the visit to your child’s physician on the same day. So when you make a follow-up appointment with your child’s doctor, a copy of the care received at AHP will already be there for the doctor to review.

Will urgent care take my child’s insurance?

 

Accepted insurances vary between urgent cares. After Hours Pediatrics accepts most major insurances. View our accepted insurances here.

 

If your insurance company is not listed here, we are not under contract with them. However, you may still bring your child here for care on a fee-for-service (self-pay) basis. If you have any questions, please contact our office for assistance.

How do I pay for pediatric urgent care?

 

Payment types will vary between urgent care centers. Check your urgent care’s website or call ahead to learn about their payment options.

 

For your convenience, After Hours Pediatrics accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, personal checks and cash. At the time of your visit, you will be expected to pay co-pays, deductibles and payment for any services not covered by your insurance. We also see patients on a self-pay or fee basis.