How Medical Services Clinics Are Changing, And What That Means For Patients

Medical service clinics used to be focused on treating specific issues, or on general medical health and problems. Times are changing many a clinic into something more advanced. This means that you can rely on clinics for a broader range of services. The following are just some of the changes in services that are happening, and what that means for you, the patient (and other patients).


Once there was no way doctors working in clinics could tell if a bone was broken unless the bone broke through the skin or the broken bone caused a major visual anatomical distortion. Now, clinics are all equipped with a basic radiology room so that they can check limbs for breaks when a broken bone is suspect. This means that instead of waiting endless hours in an E.R. in agony, you can go to a medical clinic and have the injured limb x-rayed right away to see if it is broken. If it is broken, the doctor may be able to reset it, but only if it is a simple break and only if an air splint will be sufficient. 

Medication Samples and Starter Packs for Patients with Limited Funds

Many pharmacology companies offer sample packs of medications to clinics. It helps the clinics provide some needed medication on a short-term basis to patients who are either starting a new medication and do not have any pills yet, or patients with limited funds that cannot afford to pick up a medication for a week or more. The samples and starter packs may also be used by clinic doctors to fill in spaces where patients will be traveling but cannot get their prescriptions filled before they leave, or fill in when local pharmacies are sold out of the medication the patients need. If you need some of your medication, but you are not sure how you will be able to afford it or get enough of it, clinics near you may be able to provide you with some of these sample or starter packs to help you temporarily. 

Stitches for Smaller Cuts

Doctors in clinics are now equipped with surgical tools and stitch filament for those patients that come in with minor cuts. The doctors can stitch up these minor cuts so that you do not have to go anywhere else. The depth of the cut and the rate of blood loss determines whether or not the clinic doctors can help, but you can judge for yourself how deep the cut is before you head into the clinic.