Patients can find the nearest walk-in clinic by seeking referrals from physicians on call or by phoning a nearby hospital to obtain the names and locations of urgent care clinics. An online search on sites such as UrgentCareLocations.com can also identify the distance to a walk-in medical clinic.
Local pharmacies and drug stores such as CVS or Walgreens often support walk-in clinics for individuals suffering from minor ailments and injuries. It is possible to search of the pharmacy's websites at CVS.com and Walgreens.com, and enter a ZIP code to find local clinics and hours of operation.
Individuals can also search the clinic database on the website of their health care insurance's web page. Health insurance companies list in-network clinics, physicians and medical facilities that are local for the patient and provide information about co-pays and covered costs. Some walk-in clinics allow patients to reserve a spot online to avoid wait time when arriving for medical care.
Walk-in clinics are often limited in the type of medical care provided. A walk-in clinic is often a lower-cost option when suffering from sore throats, animal bites, flu symptoms, minor burns and allergic reactions. Some clinics also treat broken bones, sprains and minor injuries with shorter wait and treatment times than hospital emergency rooms.