When searching for care, GatorCare members in Central Florida have multiple resources available to them. This includes primary care providers, urgent care facilities, and emergency rooms. See below to learn more about your options and facilities available to you.
First Point of Contact
Primary Care Provider
A primary care provider (PCP) is a physician, physician’s assistant, or nurse practitioner who is the first contact for your health concerns and/or conditions. Establishing a relationship with a PCP now will help you to save time and money when you need routine or non-emergent care in the future. If you do not have a designated PCP, the information below can help you to find one closest to your home or workplace.
When it comes to choosing a primary care provider, the amount of options can be overwhelming. Use the link below to begin narrowing down your choices.
For a comprehensive list of tier 1 providers in Central Florida and the surrounding areas, please visit the link below.
For more providers and tier information, please visit the Network Directory.
Second Point of Contact
Urgent Care Centers
If your PCP, or a physician within the same clinic, is unable to treat you promptly, an urgent care center is your next point of contact. These facilities are a form of walk-in clinic with a focus on providing immediate care; especially when you have a medical problem that is not life-threatening or does not risk disability. Urgent care centers can treat all kinds of conditions, including:
- Common illnesses such as cold and flu symptoms, cough, sore throats, fevers, allergies, migraines, rashes, and ear, eye, sinus, and urinary tract infections
- Minor injuries such as back pain, minor cuts and burns, minor broken bones, minor eye injuries, sprains, and strains
Urgent care centers are located independently of emergency departments and can be visited without the designation of a primary care provider. To find a facility close to you, please see the information below:
To find a map of all the tier 1 urgent care centers in Central Florida available through GatorCare, please visit the link below.
For a comprehensive list of all tier 1 urgent care centers located throughout Florida, please visit the link below.
UF Health Leesburg Hospital Urgent Care accepts walk-ins and offers evening and weekend hours. Call 352.323.2273 for more information or click the link below.
Emergency rooms (ERs) treat emergency-level needs, such as life-threatening or critical health conditions, on a 24-hour basis. If your medical problem is life-threatening, call 911 immediately. A visit to the ER without an actual emergency can be costly and time-consuming, and detract medical care from individuals who truly need immediate care.
Located at 600 E Dixie Avenue, Leesburg, FL 34748. Visit the link below for more information.
Located at 1451 El Camino Real, The Villages, FL, 32159. Visit the link below for more information.
Located at 3800 Meggison Road, The Villages, FL, 32163. Visit the link below for more information.
Know Before You Go: Urgent Care vs. Emergency Room
Prior to seeking care, it is valuable to understand the difference between an urgent care center and an emergency room. Click on the graphic below to learn which facility would be appropriate for your future needs.
Additional Care Options
For additional resources concerning medical care, please see the information below:
To view the mental health services available through GatorCare, please visit the link below.
Find a participating in-network chiropractor with the Florida Blue online provider directory.
When planning a trip out of state or out of the country, don’t forget to plan for your care too. Learn how to use your healthcare benefits when traveling with the link below.