Before you hit the door for your family vacation this summer it’s important to make sure you are prepared and have all the essentials. A week at the beach without your swimsuit, sunscreen or comfortable shoes would be a hassle but there’s one thing people often don’t prepare for that can quickly ruin a family vacation – an unexpected injury or illness.

A sudden and unexpected injury or illness can be scary and overwhelming, especially if you don’t do your homework ahead of time. A good way to not get caught off guard is do a little research about the location you’ll be visiting and the healthcare facilities that are nearby, and that doesn’t just include hospitals.

 "Most people assume the emergency room is the only place to go when they experience an unexpected injury or illness,” says Marisa Belcastro, MD, Lexington Clinic Family Medicine. "Often times patients can get all of the treatment they need at an urgent care facility instead.”

Wait times in emergency rooms can sometimes be an hour or more and if you have a less-serious injury or illness you could find yourself waiting even longer. That’s why it’s important to be aware of the types of injuries or illnesses that each facility is equipped to handle.

"Recognizing the difference between an emergency room or urgent treatment injury or illness can be difficult because both are situations that need to be addressed quickly,” says Dr. Belcastro. "An urgent care facility will be able to treat a majority of injuries or illnesses, but any situation that is life-threatening or limb-threatening should be handled by an emergency room.”

Additionally, any time you sustain an injury or illness while on vacation it is important to follow up with your primary care provider once you arrive back home.

If you don’t have a primary care provider, please call (859) 258-4362 or visit for help finding one.
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  • Minor injury or illness
  • Sprains and fractures
  • Cuts and lacerations
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Cold symptoms
  • Sore throat or earaches
  • Chest pain
  • Possible stroke symptoms: facial droop, debilitating headache, numbness or weakness in limbs
  • Head injury with loss of consciousness
  • Bleeding during pregnancy
  • Fracture through the skin
  • Severe abdominal pain

Marisa Belcastro, MD is board-certified, and specializes, in family medicine. Her professional interests include caring for children and adults, with a special interest in adolescent care, women’s health and encouraging a healthy lifestyle.

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Lexington Clinic Andover

Telephone: (859) 258-6401
Address: 3099 Helmsdale Place Lexington, KY 40509

Primary Care
Same day appointments available
Mon. – Fri. 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Walk-in Care
No appointments necessary
Mon. – Fri. 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sat./Sun. 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Lexington Clinic Beaumont

Telephone: (859) 258-8600
Address: Beaumont Centre 3085 Lakecrest Circle, Lexington, KY 40513
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Sat./Sun. 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m

Lexington Clinic Beaumont offers urgent treatment for illnesses and minor injuries.

Lab and X-ray on-site
Walk-In Care: No Appointment Necessary

Jessamine Medical and Diagnostics Center

Telephone: (859) 887-8400
Address: 110 Village Parkway, Nicholasville, KY 40356
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Sat. 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Sun. 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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Lexington Clinic Orthopedic Walk-in Clinic

Telephone: (859) 258-8566
Address: 700 Bob-O-Link Drive, Lexington, KY 40504
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Any patient with an unexpected orthopedic injury can stop in for evaluation and treatment.

Lexington Clinic Sports Injury Drop-in Clinic

Telephone: (859) 258-8575
Address: 700 Bob-O-Link Drive, Lexington, KY 40504
Hours: Mon.-Fri., Arrive by 7:30 a.m. to be seen.
Any athlete with a sudden or recent sports related injury or an injury preventing participation in sports can stop in for evaluation by one of our physicians.