Urgent Care

Doctors First

Internists located in Gaithersburg, MD & Germantown, MD

When you experience an urgent or sudden illness or injury, Rakesh Malik, MD and the team of physician assistants at Doctors First are here to serve you. They treat a variety of acute and urgent problems in Gaithersburg and Germantown, Maryland. If you need medical help right away, call Doctors First or book an appointment online.

Urgent Care Q & A

What is urgent care?

Sudden or immediate illnesses or injuries are considered acute. A clinic that offers urgent care is the ideal place to seek treatment for acute issues that aren't life-threatening.

Doctors First provides comprehensive urgent care for a wide range of serious problems that need immediate attention, including:

  • Flu
  • Pneumonia
  • Fractures and sprains
  • Accidents and injuries
  • Abdominal pain
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Sore or strep throat
  • Allergic reactions
  • Fevers
  • Viruses
  • Lacerations

Dr. Malik and the expert team of providers at Doctors First are skilled in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of pressing medical conditions.

Should I go to the emergency room instead of urgent care?

If you're experiencing severe symptoms that may be life-threatening, the emergency room is the best place to go. For help with any of the following concerns, bypass an urgent care facility and go directly to the ER:

  • Serious burns
  • Chest pain
  • Trouble breathing
  • Poisoning
  • Deep lacerations
  • Heavy, persistent bleeding
  • High fever
  • Severe pain
  • Head trauma

If you are too sick or hurt to get to the emergency room safely, it’s best to dial 9-1-1. An EMT or paramedic will intervene until an emergency doctor can evaluate your condition.

What should I expect at an urgent care appointment?

When you’re suddenly sick or need medical attention right away, Doctors First offers same-day and walk-in appointments with Dr. Malik , PA-C, Zorina Thomas or Renee Lapointe, PA-C.

Both locations, in Gaithersburg and Germantown, Maryland, have state-of-the-art technology and an on-site lab to accelerate X-rays, labs, and diagnostic tests. You’ll get results fast so you can get the help you need and return to your normal routine.

Is urgent care expensive?

At Doctors First, you receive personalized, expert care for far less than the cost of a trip to the emergency room. Many health insurance plans include urgent care coverage. Contact your insurance provider for details about what your specific plan covers.

You can always walk in when you have an urgent need. If time permits, let the team at Doctors First know you are on the way so they can prepare for your arrival.