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By: Michelle C.
MEDcare Urgent Care-West Columbia
This was almost a joke. I am a nurse of 15 years. I saw Dr. Kalpesh Purohit on 11/9/15. He spent maybe 3 minutes examining me and never even assesed my pain, which was my primary complaint. He sent me on my way with a prescription for antibiotics with no evidence to suggeat that I had an infection. He was very cold, noncaring, and almost script like. He never even let me finish answering one question before he was asking the next. When I asked, after recieving my discharge papers, whether or not my pain was going to be addressed, I was treated as if I was a bother to them. Never again. I would not recommend this practice to anyone I know. I would take my chances at the ER first. I will be following up with my PCP tomorrow. This is a poor and sad excuse for medical care.
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By: Sasha E.
MEDcare Urgent Care-West Columbia
I am not impressed. I saw Dr. Kalpesh Purohit 2/12/2015 for what I thought was the start of strep or the flu. He didn't look me in the eyes once until I stopped him from walking out of the room. He cruised through his "exam" in less than five minutes and didn't even wait for me to finish answering questions before he moved on the the next. In fact, I didn't even finish listing the allergies I had before he said, "Open your mouth and stick out your tongue." If you want to be treated like a number instead of a person, this is the place for you. I've never felt so disregarded and disrespected. Never again.
By: Belinda W.
MEDcare Urgent Care-West Columbia
I have been going here for a number of years and they have always been great! The service is always fast and friendly. I highly recommend them!
By: Katelyn B.
MEDcare Urgent Care-West Columbia
They got me in and out so I could get to work on time. Very pleased with the service!
By: meghanktaylor628
MEDcare Urgent Care-West Columbia
3 and a half hours later. 3 and a half hours. My husband and I came in and we're one of 3 people waiting in the waiting room. They took him right back and got his vitals right away and we literally have been sitting in a room with no doctor. This is insane. The only thing I can say is that the staff is polite and nice but other than that, we've been here forever. It's like this every time we come.
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By: Adam B.
MEDcare Urgent Care-West Columbia
Took forever and a waste of time
By: ditto1116
MEDcare Urgent Care-West Columbia
I can tell you from experience, the staff really does not know what they were doing! This place hires people off of the street with NO medical background or training/schooling. They claim that because they are "private practice" they do not have to have trained medical profesionals work there. They do not even have a nurse on staff! This qualifies as a disgrace to all medical professionals that have worked so hard for their degree!
By: jim.randolph2
MEDcare Urgent Care-West Columbia
For the most part service is fair, but not as advertised. My first couple visits were impressive and brought me back, but the last 2 visits are disappointing. Waited in waiting room for 45 minutes with no other patients in the the waiting area. Finally got taken back and it took additional 45 minutes to be discharged, spend almost 5 minutes talking to doctor. Last visit only took an hour,. What concerns me is the nurse gave me the paper work at the end of my visit highlighting Doctor that saw me and number to contact if I was not feeling better in a few days. I called the number and explained that I was not responding to treatment as described. The tech told me that they only do urgent type visits and to call my doctor or I could come back in and pay for another visit. Not sure if you are told to call back in a few days if there is what appears to be no action other then offer you to pay for another visit. I would have to seriously have to consider giving my endorsement to others.
By: ptbaily
MEDcare Urgent Care-West Columbia
My family and I use this place for nearly everything. Ear aches, broken arm, sore throat, really bad allergy attack, broken finger, etc. They stock most major meds for cheap so you don't have to waste time going to pharmacy afterwards. Even when lobby is packed, fairly short wait time to get back, no appointment required, you can just drop in whenever. Friendly staff and VERY convenient location.
Tips & Advices
This depends on the facility. Patients should call to find out if they'll need a referral from their physician prior to making an appointment.
Aside from hyperbaric oxygen treatment, most wound care centers offer:
  • Debridement: The removal of dead skin and tissue surrounding the wound. This can be done surgically, using a whirlpool bath, syringes, enzymes that dissolve the tissue, or wet dressings that dry on the wound and absorb the dead tissue.
  • Dressing: Wrapping the wound in a protective film, gauze, gel, or foam.
  • Compression stockings: Tight-fitted fabric sheaths that encourage blood flow.
  • Artificial skin: A covering that is applied to the wound for several days as it heals.
  • Ultrasound: The use of sound waves to promote healing.
  • Growth factor therapy: The use of materials naturally produced by the body to encourage quick cell growth.
  • Negative pressure therapy: Creating a vacuum around a wound to encourage faster blood flow to the area.
Depending on where the treatment is administered, hyperbaric oxygen treatment  can cost $100- $1,000. After insurance is applied, patients may have a copay of $10 -$50 or a coinsurance fee of 10 percent to 50 percent.
Most wounds should heal within two to six weeks. An individual should seek chronic wound treatment if a wound has not begun to heal after two weeks or is not completely healed after six.
Most health insurance plans cover wound care. Patients should check with the clinic and their health insurance provider before seeking treatment to be sure.

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