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Dr. Bruckel Discusses When to Visit the ER vs. Urgent Care

Dr. Bruckel, Total Access Urgent Care founder and News Channel 5's expert on Medical Monday, recently discussed when it is appropriate to visit an urgent care versus an emergency room. Dr. Bruckel has spent years working as a board-certified emergency physician, and it was there that he recognized 70% of the patients seen in the emergency room could be more appropriately treated at an intermediate level of care. It was this observation that motivated Dr. Bruckel to found Total Access Urgent Care and hand-pick top-notch emergency physicians to provide friendly and compassionate health care. Many patients' top concern is the time associated with an ER visit, and most patients suffer through several hours of waiting before being seen by the doctor and several more hours before being discharged from the emergency room. Total Access Urgent Care alleviates the burden of long visit times by providing door-to-discharge times under an hour for 85% of patient visits. This convenience comes at a fraction of the cost of visiting the hospital or a hospital owned urgent care. Most people are unaware that hospitals and hospital owned urgent cares charge a large separate facility fee whereas Total Access Urgent Care does not.

Total Access Urgent Care provides the solution to the multitude of problems faced when visiting the ER with high quality care that is both fast and affordable. Total Access Urgent Care is open 365 days per year, including holidays. The state-of-the-art medical facilities have the latest technology, including Ultrasound, CT Scanner and Digital X-Ray.

For fast, quality emergency care visit one of our five locations in Webster Groves/Rock Hill, Chesterfield, Town and Country, South County, or in the St. Louis Hills. A new location is also opening this October in St. Charles.

To view the actual interview clip on KSDK Channel 5, click here.

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