If you were to have a life-threatening situation, such as chest pain, stroke (even if there is any suspicion on your part) and you went to an urgent care clinic, they’d just send you on to the ER in an ambulance. If your condition is not life threatening but still is outside the scope of the services offered in our clinic, we would divert you to an emergency room. Examples include angulated fractures or serious eye injuries, etc. However, if your condition is less serious, but still requires immediate attention, choosing our urgent care will save you a lot of time and money, as well as keep our local emergency room free to handle more serious situations. If you have a urinary tract infection or ear infection etc, you may end up waiting for many hours in the emergency room and paying hundreds of dollars. We are open for extended hours, and would be able to accommodate you more quickly.

When you need to go to the emergency room:

  • Chest pain
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Severe bleeding or head trauma
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Sudden loss of vision or blurred vision

When to go to Urgent Care:

  • Minor burns or injuries
  • Nausea, vomiting, stomach virus, etc
  • Urinary tract infections (uncomplicated)
  • Dehydration
  • Sprains and strains
  • Coughs, colds, and sore throats
  • Ear infections
  • Allergic reactions (non life-threatening)
  • Fever or flu-like symptoms
  • Rash or other skin irritations
  • Mild asthma
  • Animal bites
  • Broken Bones (non-angulated, where the bone has not broken the skin)

When in doubt, call ahead. Our staff or a physician will help you make that decision. Your best resource, however, remains your primary care physician who is familiar with your medical history. If we can’t accommodate your condition, we will advise you to go to the nearest emergency facility.