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.

Urgent conditions that can be treated at an urgent care facility:

  • Allergies 
  • Asthma
  • Bruises
  • Cold or flu, cough or sore throat
  • Cuts and scratches
  • Ear and eye infections
  • Headaches
  • Minor burns
  • Minor fractures
  • Muscle cramps or spasms
  • Rashes or minor swelling
  • Severe headaches
  • Sinus pain
  • Sprains and other muscle and joint strains

Medical emergencies that require an emergency department:

  • Active bleeding
  • Active labor
  • Chest pain
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke

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.