Often, one's family physician isn't personally involved in the treatment of a serious medical condition that involves what is commonly known as urgent care.
Dr. Vadim Gurvits is an exception to the rule.
Dr. Gurvits operates a family practice in Menifee, but he also specializes in several aspects of medicine in what he likes to call his "one stop shop" for patients. One of these is his urgent care practice.
Patients requiring immediate attention for an emergency medical situation don't have to travel to a hospital emergency room or wait for a referral to a specialist. They may visit Dr. Gurvits' office virtually any day -- six days a week, including holidays -- for immediate treatment and evaluation of an urgent situation.
His office in the Haun Road Hub includes equipment for taking X-rays, applying a temporary cast, administering IV and hydration, and much more. Serious cases are transported right from the office to a local hospital for additional treatment.
"If a patient has chest pain, breaks a bone, has a foreign body in their eyes ... we're prepared to take care of them, whatever happens to them," Dr. Gurvits said. "We stabilize them and transport if necessary.
"We can replace the ER for most conditions. If they need a hospital, we can arrange that. Most of the time the treatment can take place in our office, which saves the patient time and expense."
Dr. Gurvits estimates that about once a month, a patient is transported to the hospital. Many problems are solved right there in his office. X-rays are examined immediately. If the patient needs a CT scan or MRI, they are sent to another office in the building for immediate scanning.
This kind of personal and immediate care are what sets Dr. Gurvits' office apart from many emergency room situations.
"We don't have long waits here," he said. "We're not swamped with patients. Plus my staff has been with me for a long time. They are very compassionate and attentive. They do whatever it takes to make the the person comfortable."
In addition to family practice care and urgent care, Dr. Gurvits provides weight loss treatment, suboxone therapy and aesthetics treatment. His office is open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.
Dr. Vadim Gurvits
29798 Haun Road, Suite 207
Menifee CA 92586