Why do people avoid the doctor? Part 1

Why do people avoid the doctor’s office? It could be because of lack of confidence, financial reasons, not having the time, or lack of urgency in their condition. While all of these can be justified reasons for not visiting the doctor, BSA CareXpress Urgent Care has a solution to each one.

Let’s start from the top.

Lack of Confidence:

Each person has their own experience whenever they walk into a doctor’s office, and this shouldn’t be dismissed. Each person also has their own experience when they go to the movies, a restaurant, a theme park, or even a workplace, but you don’t see people dismiss these places quite as quickly as they do a doctor’s office. Lack of confidence can be rooted from childhood experiences to adult experiences, and can stem from misdiagnosis, staff, wait time, or overall experience.

At CareXpress, our practitioners are Board Certified and we use all the latest technology and Electronic Medical Records. Our centers have extended hours, online check-in, and the best staff in the Panhandle. We are a branch of the FMC Medical Foundation, so all our records are up to date no matter which location you choose to visit. Don’t let a bad past experience with another doctor, doctor’s office, or other urgent care clinic keep you from visiting CareXpress. We treat each of our patients just like family.

Urgent Care Clinic

Urgent Care Near Me? Yes, We Are.

BSA CareXpress on Ross-Osage

According to Google, voice searches containing the phrase “near me” have increased more than 100 percent over the past two years. It’s a sign that when it comes to most any service or product, people are looking for the most convenient option. So, what does this have to do with BSA CareXpress Urgent Care? Well, there’s a really good chance that we have a location near you.

With five urgent care locations throughout Amarillo and Canyon, relief is often just around the corner. We treat most non-life threatening conditions, including common colds, the flu, broken bones, and sprains. We can also do annual physicals, including youth sports physicals, pregnancy tests, and diabetes screenings.

Our online check-in option provides our patients with another level of convenience. This allows you to check-in via our website so you can wait for your appointment from the comfort of your home as opposed to our waiting room. Once checked-in, we will keep you updated via text message on the status of your visit. BSA CareXpress is one of the only urgent care centers in Amarillo to offer this service.

So, the next time you ask Siri or Alexa for the closest urgent care center, just look up and head for the red, blue and white BSA CareXpress sign. Chances are, there’s one just around the corner!

Area Number of Flu Cases on the Rise

Original story from myhighplains.com:

By: Maggie Glynn

AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) – The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) releases a weekly surveillance report on the Flu in Texas on January 25.

The DSHS reported that the flu activity cases rose in the Amarillo Health Service Region. 18 of the 26 Counties in the viewing area reported positive Flu tests and six tested reported flu-like illnesses.

Locally Anastacia Nix, MD, with BSA CareXpress on Ross-Osage said, “Up until recently, the flu season has been pretty mild. However, we’re starting to see more cases daily.”

The Texas Department of State Health Services is reporting multiple types of flu in the state of Texas.

Flu symptoms can include fever, upset stomach, muscle aches, sore throat, and a cough. It is advised to seek medical attention within the first 48 hours of noticing symptoms.

Nix has some tips to stay healthy, which includes staying home from work, washing your hands, and making sure you and those around you get a flu shot will help.

Another key part of fighting the flu off is taking precaution, especially if you know you’ve been around someone who has been sick.

Gabriela Benavidez, a nurse at BSA CareXpress, says flu bacteria can live on surfaces. “They need to make sure they wipe down the area, keyboards, phones, door handles. They need to be really wiped down with antibacterial to limit exposures.”

1,865 Pneumonia & Influenza deaths have been reported in Texas during the current influenza season. (September 30, 2018 to January 2, 2019)

56 of those deaths were in the Amarillo Health Service Region which includes all of the Texas Panhandle.

BSA CareXpress Reminds People Flu Shots Still Available

Original story from abc7amarillo.com:

by Matthew Watkins

Wednesday, January 30th 2019

After noticing an uptick in the number of flu cases across the area, BSA CareXpress wants to remind residents that it’s not too late to get a flu shot.

“Up until recently, the flu season has been pretty mild,” Anastacia Nix, MD, with BSA CareXpress on Ross-Osage said. “However, we’re starting to see more cases daily.”

“Nobody enjoys being sick, and we want to make the process of feeling better as easy as possible,” Nix added.

BSA CareXpress accepts most major insurances and offers affordable self-pay options. No appointments are necessary at any CareXpress locations.

“We like to think of it as health care on demand,” Vice President of Operations for BSA CareXpress Trevor Spradling said. “You don’t need an appointment, and if you don’t have insurance, we have plenty of options for you so you can get to feeling better.”

BSA CareXpress also encourages people to practice proper preventative measures to help prevent the flu from spreading.

“Staying home from work, washing your hands, and making sure you and those around you get a flu shot will help,” Nix said.

Flu symptoms can include fever, upset stomach, muscle aches, sore throat and a cough. It is advised to seek medical attention within the first 48 hours of noticing symptoms.

BSA CareXpress has five locations throughout Amarillo and Canyon. The Canyon location is open 24-hours a day

CareXpress Offering Industry Leading Healthcare in Amarillo

BSA CareXpress Urgent Care is the region’s leading provider when it comes to non-life-threatening injuries and illnesses in the Amarillo and Canyon area.

It is so vital to our team of medical professionals that you receive the absolute best care. We want to provide friendly service, comfort, and compassion for you and your entire family.

We want to put our patients and their needs first in any way we can. We take pride in our customer reviews – the good and the bad! We’re always looking for ways to improve, but don’t mind the extra praise assuring us we are doing our jobs.

Take a look at what some of our patients have to say:

“The CareXpress on Van Buren is awesome! I was diagnosed and treated with professionalism and kindness.” – Denise Adams, CareXpress Downtown

“Great staff that is friendly and quick as always. Always there to take care of you.” – Brandon Whitney, BSA CareXpress on Georgia

“I didnt have to wait long at all! Everyone was extremely kind and genuinely concerned. Would definitely recommend!” – Billie Bennett, CareXpress Canyon

We are always here when you need us. There are so many convenient locations within Amarillo and Canyon:

BSA CareXpress Urgent Care on Georgia, 2701 S Georgia Street

BSA CareXpress Urgent Care Summit, 7304 SW 34th Avenue

BSA CareXpress Urgent Care on Ross-Osage, 2329 Ross Osage Drive

BSA CareXpress Urgent Care Downtown, 1400 S Van Buren Street

CareXpress Urgent Care Canyon, 911 23rd Street

We can provide a wide range of services including general diagnosis and treatment, flu testing, pregnancy tests, urinary tract infections, on-site x-ray services, insect bites/stings, cold sores, pink eye infections, and even occupational medicine services at several locations.

If you’re not sure if your condition is treatable by our team, give us a call and we’ll let you know how we can help.

With our online check-in and self-pay options, CareXpress wants to give you every opportunity possible to get you and your family the care they deserve. Self-pay options start at $125, and we accept most insurance plans. If you’re not sure about which option to choose, feel free to call any time for guidance.

Whether you’re coming in for urgent care needs or the common cold, we’re always available. Call, walk-in, or message us online to speak with someone today.

Facts & Myths About the Flu Shot

Have you gotten your flu shot yet? Here’s are five great things to know about the shot, including a couple of very important reasons to get it. Remember, CareXpress will get you in, out and back to life!

Each year public health officials and health care providers encourage people to get vaccinated against the flu. Anyone at risk for the flu should have a flu shot. For seasonal flu, this includes:

  • Children ages 6 months to 18 years
  • Adults over age 50
  • People living in a long-term care facility
  • People with weakened immune systems
  • People with frequent exposure to the general public (health care workers, emergency personnel, etc.)
  • Pregnant women
  • Anyone with a chronic medical condition
  • Caregivers or family members in close contact with high-risk individuals
The CDC now recommends flu vaccines for everyone over the age of 6 months old.

 

Doctors Encouraging People to Take Flu Shot Early This Year

Sick woman in bed suffering from flu headache

In an effort to prevent a bad flu season like last year, doctors are urging people to get their flu vaccines right now.

Eric Cox, MD, with BSA CareXpress says it is important to get the flu vaccine early because you aren’t protected for up to two weeks.

“After you receive the vaccine, it takes about two weeks for your body to respond and produce the antibodies,” Cox explained. “Your immunity will last throughout the flu season regardless of when you receive the vaccine.”

Cox also said even though last years vaccine wasn’t a great match, it still helped reduce the severity of symptoms. He also stressed that it’s impossible to get the flu from the flu shot.

“You do hear some people complaining of a low-grade fever, but it’s not the flu,” Cox said. “That’s the immune system responding to the vaccine in the body.”

“Children who need two doses of vaccine to be protected should start the process sooner,” said Cox. “Those two doses must be given at least four weeks apart, so parents need to keep that in mind.”

“All BSA CareXpress Urgent Care clinics in Amarillo and Canyon have the vaccine available,” said Trevor Spradling, BSA CareXpress Vice President of Operations. Most insurances cover the entire cost of the flu shot. No appointment is necessary and patients can also check-in online at www.carexpressfmc.com to reduce their wait time.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every year. Flu shots are approved for use in pregnant women and people with chronic health conditions.

People can go to any of the following CareXpress locations to get a flu shot: 2701 South Georgia, 34th and Coulter, 1400 S Van Buren St., 2329 Ross Osage Dr. or 911 23rd Street in Canyon.

Flu Season: What You Need to Know

Getting the flu vaccine is the best way to protect yourself each year.

Flu season is just around the corner. Doctors expect to give 176 million doses of flu vaccines this season – and they agree: the time is now to urge patients to get vaccinated, as the flu antibody can take two weeks to build up in the system.

The 2018 flu season is looking like a doozy – and outbreaks may already be beginning to spread across the country. Considering flu-related deaths since 2010 are estimated to have ranged from 12,000 to 56,000, it’s crucial to be prepared.  

BSA CareXpress Urgent Care also recommends practicing good hand-washing habits and avoiding contact with symptomatic family members, friends, and co-workers whenever possible.

However, getting a flu shot should be a top priority as the flu season approaches.

BSA CareXpress Urgent Care offers:

  • Flu shots, flu testing, and antiviral drugs
  • Flexible hours
  • Affordable services
  • 5 convenient locations
  • Online check-in and short wait times
Care Xpress- Urgent care

CareXpress Urgent Care: What Type of Care is Right for You?

Emergency rooms are ideal for handling emergencies, but for less severe cases that could be handled elsewhere a trip to the ER may come with long wait times and expensive bills. In response, there has been an explosion of convenient ER-alternative healthcare options offering on-demand care at a lower cost. 

When selecting an on-demand healthcare provider, consider these questions: 

How severe are your symptoms?  

For life-threatening injuries or very severe illness, the emergency room is the best option for immediate care. However, if your symptoms need to be treated quickly but are not life-threatening (e.g., a broken or sprained bone, flu or cold symptoms, minor cuts or burns), an urgent care clinic, like BSA CareXpress Urgent Care Centers, is typically the treatment option that will be the most efficient and least expensive. 

Where is the nearest on-demand healthcare option? 

BSA CareXpress Urgent Care Centers have five locations in Amarillo and Canyon for your convenience. 

Is the on-demand provider covered by your insurance? 

Freestanding emergency rooms (FSED) may look similar to urgent care centers, but have the same high costs and long wait times as standard ERs, causing patient confusion and higher cost of care. In fact, urgent care is typically thirteen times cheaper than a visit to a free-standing ER! Additionally, BSA CareXpress Urgent Care Centers accept a large range of insurance programs and your charges are the same as any primary care provider. A list of accepted insurance is available here. 

Contact us today, or stop by one of our locations to experience our quality care for yourself and see why our patients have such high praise for BSA CareXpress: 

“I’d already pre-registered so the receptionist already knew my name. PERK!! Everyone was courteous, friendly and professional.” ★★★★★ – Laura M. 

BSA CareXpress Urgent Care Centers are a service of FMC Medical Foundation. With the latest technology in electronic medical records and Board Certified practitioners, BSA CareXpress Urgent Care Centers offer your family the highest quality urgent care services in our region. As a member of the Family Medicine Centers network, your urgent care needs and medical records can be easily accessed by your primary care provider and you get the same level of compassionate care that all FMC clinics offer. 

CareXpress Urgent Care: Tips for a Healthy Spring

The weather is starting to warm up and the days are getting longer which means Spring is here! Here are some tips to get recharged for the new season.

Consider Becoming an “Early Bird” – studies have shown that people who wake up earlier are healthier than those night owls who snooze the morning away. Taking advantage of the morning light will also give you a good dose of needed vitamin D. And you’ll get a leg up on symptoms of depression.

Get Dirty – and let your kids get dirty too. Getting dirty can expose you to common bacteria, and those bacteria are actually good for you. When they routinely inhabit our bodies, they can produce vitamins and proteins we need and help make our immune and gastrointestinal systems work.

Change your Pillows – some experts estimate that after five years up to 10% of a pillow’s weight is made up of allergens, asthma-provoking bacteria, pollen, fungi, mold and dust mites. Disgusting, yes, so take steps to allergy-proof pillows with protective covers that seal out allergens, and wash pillowcases with hot water weekly. Can’t remember when you bought your pillows? Experts recommend tossing them out every three to five years.

Start Thinking About Allergy Season – If you know you’re prone to sniffles and sneezes as the weather warms up, now is the time to stock up on allergy medications. And there’s some extra good news this year: both BSA CareXpress Urgent Care Centers, Panhandle Pediatrics, and many Family Medicine Centers now offer allergy testing. We test for 48 allergens specific to our geographical location, both seasonal and perennial, trees, grasses, weeds, animals, and insects. Testing only takes about 15 minutes and is non-invasive and not painful!