Cooped Up on the Couch: Receive Care Now

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The experience of being sick is a fairly universal one. Many people find themselves either curled up in bed or cooped up on the couch as they try to fight off whatever sickness they’re dealing with. While some illnesses like the common cold simply require time and rest, other conditions might warrant medical care. If you’re sick enough, the thought of leaving the house and going to the doctor can be overwhelming. Luckily, you do have another option: receiving prompt at-home health care services from DispatchHealth.

How In-Home Healthcare Works

When you’re feeling your worst, it can be incredibly difficult to muster up the energy to get dressed, drive to the doctor’s office, and sit in a waiting room. Not only can you conserve your energy, but you can also limit your exposure to others by staying in your home and calling DispatchHealth. We proudly bring care for acute, urgent health needs right to our patients’ homes, so you won’t even have to get out of bed or up off the couch. Once you contact us, we’ll send a team consisting of a physician assistant or nurse practitioner along with a DispatchHealth medical technician (DHMT) to your home, with an ER physician available as well via phone. With these capable teams and stock of advanced medical equipment, we’re able to treat dozens of conditions. Some of the most common include:

Strep Throat

A sore throat can be associated with many illnesses, but a major one is certainly strep throat. This condition typically affects children more than adults, but it is possible to contract at any age. Aside from a scratchy, painful throat, other symptoms can include difficulty swallowing, fever, and swollen lymph nodes. These uncomfortable symptoms, paired with the fact that strep throat is highly contagious, will most likely make you weary about leaving the house. DispatchHealth can help treat your symptoms and order any necessary antibiotics for you to take.

Upper Respiratory Infections & Bronchitis

Upper respiratory infections affect parts of the upper respiratory tract like the nose, mouth, throat, and voice box, while lower respiratory infections—the most common one being bronchitis—primarily affect the lungs. Either of these infections can produce a range of uncomfortable symptoms, and potentially leave you unsure of exactly what illness you’ve contracted. We can help you narrow it down and treat your symptoms accordingly.

Urinary Tract Infections

Aside from illnesses, DispatchHealth can also treat other types of conditions that affect the body, like urinary tract infections. While UTIs are fairly common, affecting more than 3 million Americans every year, it doesn’t change the fact that dealing with one can be downright uncomfortable. Our medical team can diagnose a UTI and prescribe an antibiotic in order to clear your UTI as quickly as possible.

Exacerbations of Chronic Diseases

Some illnesses are long-term, like congestive heart failure (CHF) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Exacerbations can occur occasionally with chronic diseases like this, and while you may not need to see a doctor every single time, you still want to manage these flare-ups. DispatchHealth has experience dealing with CHF, COPD, and other long-term disorders, so we can come to your home and provide you with any necessary care or treatment for symptoms and exacerbations.

Receive Prompt & Professional In-Home Care

These are just a few of the many acute and urgent conditions that DispatchHealth can help patients treat while in the comfort of their own homes. No matter what your reason is for needing our care, once you reach out you can expect a team of medical professionals to arrive within a few hours. What’s more, we charge around the same amount as an urgent care center and are partnered with several insurance companies.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to DispatchHealth the next time you’re dealing with an acute, urgent medical issue. You can schedule an appointment through our website or give us a call.

For life-threatening and time-sensitive injuries and illnesses, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. DispatchHealth shouldn’t be used in a life-threatening emergency and doesn’t replace a primary care provider.


DispatchHealth relies only on authoritative sources, including medical associations, research institutions, and peer-reviewed medical studies.

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