Urgent Care or ER?

Urgent Care centers treat illnesses and minor injuries that need attention but are not life-threatening:

  • Allergies (minor allergic reactions)
  • Asthma
  • Back pain, neck pain
  • Bites from an animal or insect
  • Bruises, cuts and scratches
  • Cold or flu, cough or sore throat, pneumonia
  • Ear and eye infections
  • Fever and minor headaches 
  • Minor burns and fractures
  • Muscle cramps or spasms
  • Rashes or minor swelling
  • Sinus pain
  • Sprains or strains to muscles/joints
  • Urinary tract infections

Medical emergencies that require an emergency department:

  • Active bleeding that won't stop
  • Allergic reaction that is severe
  • Blood being coughed up
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Dizziness or fainting
  • Head injury/trauma while on blood thinners
  • Heart attack, chest pain or discomfort
  • Major burns and fractures
  • Poison or pills ingested
  • Pregnancy-related problems: bleeding, pain
  • Serious head injury
  • Severe pain in neck or back
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Stroke, difficulty with speech or weakness
  • Sudden or severe headache
  • Sudden loss of vision
  • Sudden inability to walk, confusion or altered mental status

Pediatric emergencies

  • Infant less than 2 months old 
  • Infants with fever
  • Infants or children with respiratory distress