Based in Bloomington, Illinois, Dr. Lamont Tyler guides OSF Medical Group as medical director. Dr. Lamont Tyler regularly treats those with urgent and acute care needs and is active with the American Academy of Urgent Care Medicine (AAUCM).
According to the AAUCM, urgent care facilities are defined by their capacity to fill the gaps that exist between the care provided in emergency rooms and the ability of primary providers to provide timely walk-in care. Throughout the United States, approximately 8,000 urgent care centers are in operation, as well as 1,200 retail clinics integrated within major drugstore chains.
Services offered by the board-certified professionals at urgent care facilities include care for fractures, injuries, and wounds, as well as mild concussions and asthma attacks. The centers typically feature advanced capacities such as lab and X-ray. By contrast, retail clinics are usually limited to the diagnosis and treatment of common issues such as allergic reactions and the common cold.
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.
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.