What is Urgent Care and When Should You Use It? Life-threatening emergencies, such as a heart attack or a serious head injury, require a visit to the Emergency Room. Urgent Care centers are setup to assist patients with an illness or injury that does not appear to be life –threatening, but also can’t wait until the next day, or for primary care doctor to see them.
What is Considered an Urgent Medical Condition? Urgent medical conditions are ones that are not considered emergencies but still require care within 24 hours. Some examples of such conditions include:
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
Dial 911 immediately for any medical problem that appears to be life-threatening. Proper care will be provided at the closest emergency room (ER). Remember, ER visits should be reserved for true emergencies, such as chest pain and severe injuries. Seemingly small injuries and illnesses will be examined by our urgent care physician. If greater care is needed, or, if it is a true emergency, our staff will send patients directly to a hospital emergency room for further treatment.