As the medical director of OSF St. Joseph Medical Center PromptCare, Dr. Lamont Tyler treats patients with minor, acutely occurring injuries and illnesses. Knowledgeable in family and urgent care medicine, Dr. Lamont Tyler is also certified by the American Board of Urgent Care Medicine.
Urgent care medicine refers to the immediate outpatient treatment of sudden illnesses and injuries. The field requires a broad wealth of knowledge, as urgent care professionals treat patients of all ages for a variety of conditions including minor burns, lacerations, sprains, and illnesses such as the flu and strep throat.
While not intended to replace a patient’s primary care physician, urgent care medical centers provide prompt medical attention when patients are unable to see their primary physician in a timely manner. Urgent care centers also serve as an alternative to hospital emergency rooms for acute ailments with low levels of severity.
In some cases, urgent care doctors will refer patients to outside specialists for follow-up treatment. Most urgent care medical centers are equipped with materials for simple medical tests such as X-rays and urinalyses, but patients with symptoms requiring more advanced testing, such as CT scanning or ultrasounds, are typically transferred to a specialist or full-service hospital.
Dr. Lamont Tyler has served patients at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center PromptCare for over a decade, overseeing operations as the medical director of the Bloomington, Illinois, urgent care practice. Board certified in both family and urgent care medicine, Dr. Lamont Tyler treats patients of all ages, facilitating convenient, same-day care.
While PromptCare is equipped to handle a range of acute medical concerns, several medical issues are best suited to a hospital emergency department. Individuals should visit the ER if they experience signs of serious illness or injury, including severe chest pain or difficulty breathing, or serious physical injuries such knife or gunshot wounds, broken bones, or severe trauma to the back, neck, or head. Among the critical health concerns that require the attention of the emergency department are signs of stroke, which can include drooping of one side of the face, as well as weakness in one arm, or slurred speech. Seizures and loss of consciousness should always be addressed by an ER physician, as should severe allergic reactions and cases of suspected poisoning or overdose.
As an urgent care medical center, PromptCare treats minor illnesses and injuries, including cough and sore throat, flu, minor cuts and burns, and stomach ailments. It also facilitates preventative care, including vaccines, physicals, and STD screenings.
As Medical Director of OSF St. Joseph Medical Center’s PromptCare, Dr. Lamont Tyler takes pride in the diverse array of services offered to all individuals on a walk-in basis.