When to go to an Urgent Care Clinic and when to go to an Emergency Room.

Urgent Care

Urgent Care is medical care that you need quickly for a problem that is not life-threatening. First, call your Primary Care clinic. They can help decide how serious your problem is and how soon you need medical care. You might need to use an urgent care clinic at certain times. For example, when your doctor or nurse is not available, such as after hours or holidays. Also, if you have the following symptoms –

  • Sprains and strains
  • Rashes
  • Pink eye or other minor eye problems
  • Bladder infections
  • Minor cuts or burns
  • Ear infections
  • Small animal or bug bites
  • Coughs, colds and sore throats

Emergency Care

Emergency Care is for serious or life-threatening problems like –

  • Broken bones
  • Severe trouble breathing
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Severe burns
  • Severe bleeding or head injury
  • Chest pain or heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Sudden loss of vision
  • Sudden and severe head pain
  • Drug overdose
  • Suspected poisoning
  • Extreme pain, especially if the cause is unknown