When to Use Urgent Care

What is urgent care?

Urgent care is a term for treatment for an illness or injury that needs attention but which is not a true medical emergency. Please read further to understand how to tell the difference between an urgent situation and a life-threatening one.


Conditions that require immediate care but are not an emergency:


  • Cold or flu
  • Cough or sore throat
  • Muscle cramps or spasms
  • Sprains and other muscle and joint strains
  • Bruises, small cuts or minor burns
  • Rashes or minor swelling
  • Severe headaches
  • Sore throat and sinus pain
  • Cuts and scratches
  • Minor fractures
  • Allergies and asthma
  • Ear and eye infections

Medical emergencies include:


  • Active labor
  • Chest pain
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Active bleeding
    • What will my visit cost?

      Each NSMC-affiliated urgent care center accepts a variety of insurance plans.

      Depending on your coverage you may be required to pay a co-payment. If your insurance plan is not accepted, we offer affordable payment options. Please check with your insurer about your coverage or co-pay.