Urgent Care or Emergency Room?

Should I go to Urgent Care or the Emergency Room?

Urgent Care Centers assist patients with an illness or injury that is not life–threatening, but also can’t wait until the next day.  Urgent Care Centers provide easy access to quality healthcare, often in the evenings and weekends or when your primary care doctor is not available.

Urgent Care Centers treat urgent medical conditions that are not life-threatening. Urgent medical conditions are ones that are not consider emergencies but still require care within 24 hours. 

Examples of conditions that can be treated at an Urgent Care Center:

  • Accidents and falls
  • Sprains and strains
  • Moderate back problems
  • Breathing difficulties (i.e. mild to moderate asthma)
  • Bleeding/cuts — not bleeding a lot but requiring stitches
  • Diagnostic services, including X-rays and laboratory tests
  • Eye irritation and redness
  • Fever or flu
  • Vomiting, diarrhea or dehydration
  • Severe sore throat or cough
  • Minor broken bones and fractures (i.e. fingers, toes)
  • Skin rashes and infections
  • Urinary tract infections

Hospital emergency rooms provide 24-hour medical treatment for conditions that can permanently impair or endanger the life of an individual.  If a person or unborn baby could die or be permanently disabled, it is an emergency.  Call 911 or immediately go to the ER. 

Examples of conditions that require emergency medical care at the ER include:

  • Severe chest pain or difficulty breathing
  • Compound fracture (bone protrudes through skin)
  • Convulsions, seizures or loss of consciousness
  • Fever in newborn (less than 3 months old)
  • Heavy, uncontrollable bleeding
  • Deep knife wounds or gunshot wounds
  • Moderate to severe burns
  • Poisoning
  • Serious head, neck or back injury
  • Pregnancy-related problems
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Heart attack symptoms (e.g. chest pain lasting longer than two minutes)
  • Stroke symptoms  (e.g. loss of vision, sudden numbness, weakness, slurred speech, or confusion)
  • Suicidal or homicidal feelings

Benefits of visiting CityHealth Urgent Care:

  • Costs are transparent and typically much less than care for the same problem at an ER
  • On-site x-rays and labs — no need to travel to multiple facilities for treatments and diagnosis
  • Wait time is minimal
  • New, clean facility with state of the art technology
  • Physicians and Clinical Staff are trained in emergency medicine

If it turns out you are having a true medical emergency, CityHealth Urgent Care will send you to the nearest Emergency Room.