Guide to Accessing Health Care
When should I go to an urgent care facility?
Urgent care provides treatment of injuries or illnesses that are not life-threatening but need immediate attention.
Typical complaints that are appropriate for urgent care include:
- Lacerations (deep cuts or wounds that may require stitches)
- Sprains, strains or contusions (deep bruises)
- Mild to moderate asthma attacks
- Ear infections
- Urinary tract infections
- Upper respiratory infections
- Coughs and congestion
- Sore throats
- Insect bites
When should I go to an emergency department?
If you or someone else experiences a life-threatening illness or injury, call
9-1-1 to get professional help immediately.
Examples of life threatening symptoms include:
- Severe bleeding
- Difficulty breathing
- Chest pain or pressure
- Broken bones
- Partial or total amputation of a limb
- Trauma or injury to the head
- Sudden dizziness or difficulty seeing
- Severe abdominal pain
Updated on: August 17, 2018