Where should you go? Urgent Care or Emergency Room?
October 14, 2022
You may find it difficult to determine which of these options is best based on the severity of your symptoms, or the symptoms of a loved one.
Garnet Health would like to take a moment to remind patients, that in many cases, urgent care centers can offer an effective, convenient option for the diagnosis and treatment of mild or moderate injuries or symptoms.
Also keep in mind:
- Co-pays are lower at Urgent Care and often
- Wait times are significantly shorter at an Urgent Care center
Very often and for various reasons, patients will go to the emergency room for non-emergency situations. Garnet Health recommends using the information below to help you determine whether an Urgent Care center or the Emergency Room is the right location for treatment based on your symptoms:
When to go to the Emergency Room
- Abdominal pain
- Children under three months who need immediate care
- Extreme pain, especially if the cause is unknown
- Eye injuries
- Falls with injury or while taking blood thinners
- High fevers
- Intestinal bleeding
- Loss of consciousness or vision
- Persistent chest pain (especially radiating to arm or jaw with sweating, vomiting or shortness of breath)
- Repeated vomiting
- Seizures without a previous diagnosis of epilepsy
- Severe burns
- Severe heart palpitations
- Sudden severe head pain or injury
- Sudden testicular pain and swelling
- Suspected poisoning or drug overdose
- Traumatic injury
- Vaginal bleeding with pregnancy
- Weakness or paralysis
When to Consider Urgent Care
- Allergic reactions
- Animal and bug bites
- Broken bones
- Cuts that may need stitches
- Coughs, congestion and sinus problems
- Ear infections
- Mild fevers
- Minor burns
- Neck and back pain
- Painful urination
- Pink eye or other minor eye problems
- Severe flu or cold symptoms
- Sprains and strains
- Throat pain
When to Call 911
In a medical emergency or in doubt, call 911.
- Do not drive to the hospital if you have severe chest pain or bleeding, feel like you might faint or your vision is impaired or have symptoms of heart attack or stroke.
- Taking an ambulance is safer, especially if you are suffering a heart attack. Ambulance personnel provide care on the way to the hospital.
- Emergency responders are trained to stabilize patients before they get to an emergency room.
Urgent Care Centers in Goshen, Middletown, and Monticello
Our Urgent Care centers treat patients with various injuries or illnesses that, though not life-threatening, require immediate professional medical attention.
No appointment needed, just “walk in”!
Open Daily, 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM (Patients accepted up to 30 minutes before closing).
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