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FastMed Welcomes Raleigh Residents to Grand Opening October 17

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 FastMed Urgent Care in Raleigh on Glenwood Avenue Opens October 17

Just in time for fall, FastMed Urgent Care is opening its third urgent care center in Raleigh, North Carolina October 17.

FastMed will hold its grand opening Saturday, October 17th from 11 am to 4 pm for its newest urgent care in Raleigh, welcoming local residents to visit FastMed’s new clinic for free flu shots, a free lunch, tours, the opportunity to meet the health care providers and learn about FastMed Urgent Care’s services.

Glenwood Nurses Station

The new FastMed clinic is located on 6010 Glenwood Avenue, next to La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries, Rooms to Go Kids Furniture and AAA Carolinas Car Care.

In Raleigh, the new clinic will join two other FastMed Raleigh locations in serving the capital city, FastMed at the corner of Millbrook Road and Falls of the Neuse Road and FastMed at the corner of Creedmoor Road and Lynn Road. 

The new clinic on Glenwood Avenue will provide walk-in treatment 365 days a year to the surrounding Raleigh suburbs including Deblyn Park, Brook Forest, Glen Forest, Oak Park, Camden Court Townhomes, Oak Park West, Hamstead Crossing, Summerwood Townhomes and Sir Walter Hills. The clinic will also serve the local schools providing wellness visits including sports physicals, exams and flu shots.

Glenwood Balloon

FastMed Urgent Care centers provide local treatment services including:

  • Colds, Flu and Viral Illnesses
  • Bronchitis, Pneumonia and Respiratory Illness
  • Asthma and Allergic Reactions
  • Sprains and Strains
  • Fracture Evaluation (Digital X-ray)
  • Cuts, Scrapes and Burns
  • Stitches and Minor Surgery
  • School, Sports and Camp Physicals
  • DOT Physicals
  • Immunizations and Vaccinations (including flu shots)
  • Labs and Rapid Testing for Urinary Tract Infections (UTI), Strep Throat, Pregnancy, and the Flu
  • EKGs and IV treatment
  • Drug and Alcohol Screening
  • Work Injury Care and Workers' Compensation
Glenwood Parking

FastMed clinics are open for treatment 8 am to 8 pm Monday through Friday, and 8 am to 4 pm Saturday and Sunday.

For more information on the grand opening, FastMed services or to call FastMed, click here for FastMed’s grand opening flier or visit the website page for FastMed Raleigh on Glenwood Avenue.

Inactivity Today Might Lead to Illness Tomorrow

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Your local FastMed understands that sometimes getting the right amount of activity is hard in a fast-paced world. But we want you to stay active. It’s important for your body, especially your heart, your brain, and your wallet. In fact, just a little bit of exercise may be able to save you quite a bit of money. 

Let’s take a deep look at the cost of inactivity. As you read, try to decide what’s been holding you back from getting the amount of exercise that you should. Is it mental? Do you not know where to begin? Or do you have a nagging injury that is keeping you out of the fray? We can surely help with the last issue, and maybe the others — so let’s get started.

The impact on your body 

Think about this: a recent study found that inactivity or a lack of exercise may be as dangerous as smoking cigarettes. Research shows that since 2008 inactivity has taken the lives of 5.3 million individuals. Compare this to 5 million from smoking over the same time period and you see the impact a lack of exercise can have.

The American Heart Association reports 69% of Americans are obese, and there are a number of reported factors. First, technology is an emerging cause of inactivity, as people sit in front of televisions or on their phones more than ever. Second, an increase in sedimentary 9-5 jobs that require little physical activity with few breaks with physical movement. In fact, only 20% of jobs currently require physical activity. So if you find yourself in a chair too much, you’re not alone. It’s becoming a cultural issue we have to overcome. 

What’s more troubling, the World Health Organization draws a connection between physical inactivity and very serious diseases. The organization estimates “6% of heart disease, 7% of type 2 diabetes, and about 10% of colon and breast cancers, are linked to lack of activity.”

The impact on your mind 

The amount of exercise you get each day also affects your brain. Some studies have shown regular exercise will improve your memory. This means exercise may have a direct impact on your ability to perform your job, help you keep track of appointments and details, and improve your relationship with your spouse or partner — as you remember to take out the trash. Of course the trash isn’t as important as remembering the time you spend with your grandkids, but you get the gist.

As an added bonus, think about this: exercise was shown to increase the creation of certain brain cells in rodents — and this may translate to humans. So you get home from work and take a walk around the neighborhood and as a result your brain may actually grow! That’s pretty neat, isn’t it? 

The impact on your wallet

The last piece of this puzzle is how inactivity can affect your wallet — specifically healthcare costs. Obviously if you have a condition or have to see the doctor more often than another person you will spend more money, but how much money?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention put the annual cost of obesity at $147 billion in 2008. They point out that medical costs for people who are obese were $1,429 higher each year compared to people of normal weight. You have to stop and weigh the things holding you back from exercising against the impact on your health and the cost. 

Arizona and North Carolina, the two states where you can find a FastMed, are around the middle of the pack when we talk about states battling obesity rates. Around 25% to 30% of people in our home states are obese. We’re prepared to help you get back on the right track if you need help. We know that often the hardest part is getting started. Speaking with a healthcare provider about building an activity plan that is right for you counts as a brave first step. 

FastMed can help you get back out there

Whether you have slipped into a bad habit or found yourself going without exercise for a while, FastMed is available to help. We are a quick and affordable alternative to the emergency room and our community-focused staff is happy to have you visit, talk about your barriers to exercise, and see how we can help you get back out there.

FastMed: Paying for Your Visit

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Your local FastMed Urgent Care is competitively priced. And for many services, a visit to a FastMed location costs a fraction of what you would pay at an emergency room. But this doesn’t mean healthcare is affordable to everyone — and that’s why we offer our customers a number of ways to pay for their visits.

FastMed and your insurance

FastMed accepts most private insurances, Medicare and Medicare Advantage. If you are filing a visit with your insurance carrier and your plan requires that you pay a copay, coinsurance, and/or deductible, that cost is due at the time of service.

As a refresher on what we’re talking about:

  • A copay is a fixed amount you pay for a particular service.
  • Coinsurance is a percentage of the service you pay, while your insurance carrier pays another percentage.
  • A deductible is the amount of money you have to pay in a given year, a cap on how much you pay, or the amount you need to pay before insurance kicks in, depending on how your plan is set up.

You can learn more about your plan by calling your carrier or going online. Today, many providers have online portals where you can learn about your specific plan and keep track of your healthcare costs.

Every insurance carrier is different, so your costs may vary. Also, healthcare facilities across the country are a little different in terms of what insurance carriers they work with. At FastMed, we are proud to try to work with as many carriers as we can to make our premier healthcare services as widely available as possible. Whether you live in Arizona or North Carolina, you can use the links below to verify that your local FastMed works with your insurance provider.

When you come to your visit, make sure you have your identification and your insurance card. There will be some paperwork to fill out in the office, or you can complete that before you come in. You can find a detailed list to help you prepare for your visit on our website.

If you do not have insurance

If you do not have insurance, we offer a self-pay program to help you manage the costs of your visit to our office. This competitive program will allow you to work with the particular FastMed branch to set up a plan to pay your bill. FastMed also accepts cash, checks, debit, and all major credit cards if you would like to pay for your visit in full when you check out.

Because FastMed believes in helping people get the healthcare they need, we offer the FastMed Discount Program to qualified individuals. For as little as $35, you and your family can visit any FastMed location, anytime, and see a healthcare professional. For additional services, like advanced testing, the discount program offers affordable options as well.

If you are interested in the FastMed Discount Program, read more, fill out an application, or speak with your local clinic

FastMed will work with you to get you the treatment you need

FastMed is here to serve our community. Our staffs live in the areas they serve and it is important to us that the people of our neighbors have a place to get premier medical attention. If you have any questions about our service offerings, want to discuss the pricing of our services, or need more information about paying for your visit, don’t hesitate to reach out

FastMed Urgent Care is your quick, affordable emergency room alternative, and we’re open every day of the year to help you get back out there!

Back to School Checklist: A Hand Washing Lesson

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls hand washing a “do-it-yourself” vaccine. By scrubbing well and often, you can prevent the spread of certain illnesses, including the stomach bug and flu. This is especially important when the kids go back to school, a gymnasium of germs in the fall.

When kids go to school each day, they have any number of things to remember: bringing home their lunchbox, taking care of school supplies, making new friends — and hygiene is another thing to add to the list. It’s as simple as Wet, Lather, Scrub, Rinse, and Dry, five easy steps the experts recommend, but it can keep you well and save you money in the long run.

Keeping kids healthy

Kids should wash their hands before eating anytime, and especially at school. The cafeteria is full of kids, some of whom have played outside, so tell your children to make sure they wash up before lunch or snack times.

You also want to make sure they are washing after going to the restroom, coughing or sneezing, and playing outside. When kids are at home in the evening or out of school for the summer, you can help them remember to clean up. But when they go to school, there may not always be a teacher nearby to provide hygiene reminders. Make sure your kids consider hand washing a part of their normal routine. If you need help getting kids interested in hygiene, the Hygiene Council provides some materials that may help.

The back to school blues 

If the average kid has 6 to 10 colds each year, how many germs do you think are circulating a school at any given time? Millions. The truth is, school is a leading breeding ground for illness in a community. The classroom is where you and your neighbors trade whatever is going around at the time. Children provide great hosts for sickness because their immune systems are weaker. A germ that may not cause any harm in adults at the workplace can do damage in a school. 

Hand washing can prevent the spread of these germs. Preventing the spread of germs means fewer days off school and less money spent on health care. A few illnesses hand washing can prevent include:

  • Influenza
  • Streptococcus
  • Common cold
  • Stomach bug
  • Hepatitis A

These illnesses and others are often transmitted by small parts of fecal matter, saliva, mucus, or microorganisms. Hand washing can remove some of these dangers from circulation. 

Sometimes changes need to be made in your child’s classroom to prevent the spread of illness. If your kid comes home sick often or misses multiple days of school, it’s okay to ask the teacher if he or she talks to the children about washing hands on a regular basis. Maybe the teacher can encourage the children to wash up after recess or on the way to the cafeteria, making hygiene a class-wide commitment.

Use hand sanitizer in a pinch

Even though they can kill germs, hand sanitizers won't clean dirty hands! They're no substitute for a good soap-and-water wash. If you do use sanitizers, when at the store, you want to purchase products that are at least 60% alcohol.

To show kids how to use hand sanitizers, make sure they rub the alcohol-based solution all around their hands, between fingers, and at the fingernails until hands their hands are dry. You can also tell children that hand sanitizers are good when they need to clean up, but washing hands is better — especially after playing outside or using the restroom.

If the kids share a flu-ish high five… 

FastMed is open every day of the year, and as school gets back in session and seasonal illnesses begin to go around, you can lean on us. Visit your local FastMed the next time your kids share a dirty-handed high five with a classmate and come home with a stomach bug, cold, or worse — the flu. 

With our online check-in and quick, friendly service, FastMed can get your kids back on their feet before they miss too many assignments. 

Hot, Hot, Hot: Fastmed Talks Treating a Fever

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When Peggy Lee sang, “You give me fever,” she made a fever sound desirable. Unfortunately, life is not a song. A fever can sideline you for days or signal a worse sickness on the way.

A fever is one of the ways your body defends itself. Just as you have white blood cells to attack infectious disease in the blood; tears, saliva, and mucus protect vulnerable openings where pathogens may enter; and your skin operates as a giant barrier. A fever protects your body by driving out infection. Think of it like a thermostat in your brain that heats up the body to fight unwanted invaders. 

Let’s take some time to talk about this important bodily function. A fever is a regular worry as the weather cools. We’ll discuss what might cause a fever and when you should seek medical attention.

How to manage a fever

Your normal body temperature does vary some. It can safely fluctuate between 97 and 99 degrees Fahrenheit, but as you start to creep above 99.5 you’re getting a fever. Fevers often accompany a cold or the stomach bug. A fever can also signal a more serious infection, virus, or reaction to a medication. Sunburn and heat exhaustion also cause fevers.

If you have a fever, there a few things you can do at home to manage your symptoms. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, these treatments can help you feel more comfortable.

  1. Put a cool rag on your forehead: It may help you lower the temperature of your body. Taking a warm – not hot — bath is also an option.
  2. Take an over-the-counter medicine: You can take an ibuprofen or acetaminophen to try to bring down your fever.
  3. Drink a lot of fluids: If you are sweating or overheated, you should consume more fluids than usual to avoid dehydration.  

If your symptoms persist, visit your local FastMed with questions. The flu season peaks around February, but some cases are seen as early as October. That means it’s time to start getting ready to deal with seasonal illnesses. 

Treating a fever in children 

Fevers are more serious in children. The CDC recommends that any child under 3 months who has a fever should see a healthcare professional.

There are a lot of thermometers on the market these days, and using them by the traditional measures, orally and rectally, seem to work the best. Some doctors are skeptical of taking a temperature in the armpit or using a device to judge a temperature on the forehead, as they are not as accurate. If you use a new device to check your child’s temperature and it indicates a fever, you may want to speak with a healthcare professional or verify the temperature again. 

Protecting others when you’re feeling ill

With Peggy Lee on the stereo, dancing over to a loved one might seem like the right move. It’s not — at least not when you have a fever. You need to be conscious of the health of others. You want to keep your sickness away from other people, especially children or the elderly, until a doctor has told you that you are no longer contagious.

As some fevers are caused by contagious illnesses, you may want to stay home from work or avoid social functions. You also want to clean surfaces around the house thoroughly to avoid passing a virus onto others in your home. The flu virus can survive on hard surfaces for up to 24 hours.

FastMed can get you back on your feet 

Your local FastMed is available every day of the year to help you get well. When the cool weather starts to blow in and flu season comes with it, remember you can reach us on the holidays or weekends when many general practices are closed. Often we can get you in and out faster than an emergency room at a fraction of the cost. As an added bonus, with online check-in, you can get diagnosed and be back at home before the needle slides off that old record. 

Let’s get ready for some football

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With the NFL pre-season in full swing, we turn our attention once more to how you can protect yourself and those you care about on the football field this season.

Because football is a contact sport, one that looks violent with all its collisions, some are surprised to hear more injuries happen playing basketball or cycling. Football comes in third in terms of quantity of injuries. However, injuries differ from sport to sport. The overuse injuries of baseball are very different than some of the traumatic injuries one sees in football. That makes it imperative to understand what type of injuries happen in football and how you should protect your body during practices and games. 

Common football injuries

Many football injuries happen instantaneously, compared to the more prolonged damage pitching and throwing cause. Football injuries happen when a player twists a limb or takes a bad fall. Or they occur during contact. Football injuries often fall into one of four categories

1. Traumatic Injuries

Knee injuries, torn ligaments, broken bones, shoulder injuries — usually from contact, twisting, or falling — are traumatic injuries.

2. Concussions

These are very serious head injuries that may cause lasting damage. Any loss of consciousness should be treated immediately.

3. Overuse Injuries

Football players sometimes complain of pain in the lower back or in the knees, as these areas of the body are regularly stressed.

4. Heat Injuries

It’s no secret that football gets going during the hottest time of the year. You have to focus on proper hydration.

You can visit FastMed if you experience any of these injuries. Your local FastMed has all the state-of-the-art technology needed to treat you, in less time and at a lower cost than a visit to your average emergency room. We can take X-rays, diagnose a concussion, treat a broken bone, or recommend an MRI to get a knee injury thoroughly checked. 

Do you ever look at an NFL sideline? How often do you see players getting treatment? All the time, right? In the real world, if you’re playing pickup football or your child is playing for his school, you can’t get treatment whenever you want, as few teams have a dedicated medical staff. That’s why your local FastMed Urgent Care clinic is so important. We’re here on the weekends all season long if you need medical assistance. 

To prevent football injuries 

Football is an unpredictable sport. You can be in the best shape, practice perfect technique, and understand your assignments and still get hurt.

You can’t guarantee you’ll go home injury-free after each game or practice, but you can focus on preventative measures. Try to remember the acronym MUGS when you’re making a plan to stay safe on the football field. (We’re cheating a little here with the “U,” but bear with us — it’ll all make sense soon.)

  • M is for Mouth Guard: Don’t forget to put in your mouth guard before every play of every practice and game. A mouth guard protects your entire mouth and jaw. You want a pretty smile when you’re lifting the trophy at the end of the season, right?
  • U is for You: What’s the most important part of you? What drives your ability to think, love, and communicate? It’s your brain. The essence of you is upstairs in your noggin — so protect your head. Wear a helmet and tighten it properly.
  • G is for Gear: There’s a reason you wear so many pads in football. From your knees to your neck, make sure you wear all your gear correctly. Each piece of padding is there for a reason.
  • S is for Shoes: Don’t forget about your cleats. Good shoes can prevent some of the lower body twisting injuries that are so common in football. You also want to wear the right length of cleats for the weather conditions.

If you’re going to play football this year or have a player in your home, focus on safety. MUGS may help you prevent some injuries in the long run.

FastMed will get you back in the game 

If you do get hurt out there, visit your nearest FastMed. Whether you’re in the Carolinas, wishing the Panthers could build on last year’s success, or in Arizona, hoping the Cardinals have a better finish, FastMed is equipped to handle any of your immediate medical needs. Often, we can help you faster and more cost-effectively than an emergency room.

Put FastMed in your playbook at the start of the season and call us anytime you need assistance. We’re happy to be a member of your team. 

Ambulatory M&A Advisor Releases Its 2015 List of People to Know in the Urgent Care Market

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The Ambulatory M&A Advisor, a publication that covers business, legal and transactional updates and insights around ambulatory care center deal making, has released its 2015 list of the 36 people to know in the urgent care market. The list ranges from physicians, to CEOs, to leading healthcare transaction lawyers.

FastMed Urgent Care’s President and CEO, Kyle Bohannon, was recognized along with other urgent care leaders including Dr. Lee Resnick, Editor in Chief for The Journal of Urgent Care Medicine, Joanne Ray, CEO of the Urgent Care Association of America, and Dr. David Stern, CEO of Practice Velocity.

Click here to see the full list of urgent care market leaders.

FastMed Urgent Care to Attend Roxboro’s 2015 Personality Festival Aug. 29

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This year marks the 36th annual Personality Festival in Roxboro, NC. Personality Festival takes place in Uptown Roxboro and attracts nearly 20,000 people for a weekend of family fun!

Personality Festival will be full of entertainment including: Little Miss Personality contest, amusement rides, music and dancing, local food, craft vendors, and community awareness booths.

Be sure to stop by and visit the awareness booth for FastMed Urgent Care! You can spin-the-wheel for great prizes, enter our raffle for your chance to win the giveaway prize, and meet our Roxboro staff. The FastMed booth will be in Uptown Roxboro from 10 am – 4 pm on Saturday, August 29.

Be a supporter of the Roxboro community and spend this weekend at Personality Festival. For more information visit

FastMed of Candler to Host Ribbon Cutting

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FastMed Urgent Care, along with Haywood County Chamber of Commerce, will host a ribbon cutting and open house. The event will be held on Tuesday, August 25 from 12pm-2pm, and will include free BBQ, blood pressure checks, clinic tours, and more. During the open house, you will have the chance to speak with our providers to learn more about our clinic and services.

This event is open to the public, so come join FastMed in a day of food, fellowship and fun!

We are located at 511 Smokey Park Hwy, Candler, NC 28715 in the Bi-Lo shopping center.

FastMed in Durham, NC Hosts School Supply Drive for Southern School of Energy and Sustainability

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FastMed Urgent Care in Durham, North Carolina is now hosting a school supply drive supporting the Southern School of Energy and Sustainability.

From now until September 15, stop by FastMed Urgent Care in Durham and drop of any of the school supplies items listed below. FastMed’s donation hours are Monday-Friday 8:00am - 8:00pm and Saturday - Sunday 8:00am - 4:00pm.

All school supplies will be donated to Southern School of Energy and Sustainability.

All donations are accepted and appreciated, but main needs include:
• 1 inch binders
• Pens
• Pencils
• Highlighters
• Notebook paper
• Index cards
• Book bags

FastMed Urgent Care in Durham
7010 Hope Valley Road
Durham, NC 27707
Call: 919.313.3900

The school supply drive is part of FastMed Cares Community Program, a commitment by FastMed to stay involved, help and serve local Durham county residents beyond providing urgent medical treatment. More information on the FastMed Cares Community Program is available at

About Southern School of Energy and Sustainability
Southern School of Energy and Sustainability, as a school community, provides a safe and empowering educational environment that encourages each student to realize their highest potential and globally prepare them to be life-long learners and contributing members of a society in the 21st century. For more information visit

About FastMed Urgent Care in Durham
FastMed Urgent Care in Durham, North Carolina provides walk-in treatment for non-life-threatening medical injuries and illnesses 365 days a year to all residents. FastMed provides patients with access to onsite digital x-rays, labs, EKGs and employer services, from drug screens and physicals to post-injury treatment and evaluation. FastMed Urgent Care is located across from Denny’s at 7010 Hope Valley Road. For more information visit