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Urgent Care or ER?

While urgent care centers are great for quickly diagnosing and treating some conditions, they are not always equipped to handle more serious sicknesses or injuries. When you or your child suffers an injury or a medical emergency, you want to receive the best care as quickly as possible. The Women's & Children's Hospital ER is staffed by board-certified doctors and nurses who have the experience you need during a medical crisis. If you are in doubt, choosing the emergency room is always the safest option.

What do emergency rooms treat?

  • Head injuries, including concussions
  • Serious cuts
  • Broken bones
  • Severe burns
  • Pneumonia
  • Animal bites
  • Allergic reactions
  • Swallowing foreign objects

And if any of these conditions appear life-threatening, don’t drive. Dial 911 and call for an ambulance instead.

When do I take my child to urgent care?

In general, urgent care facilities are equipped to deal with the everyday illnesses and injuries your pediatrician or family doctor would treat. Urgent care centers typically have a team of healthcare providers and registered nurses who can treat your child’s condition quickly and effectively if your pediatrician is unavailable.

What do urgent care centers treat?

  • Sore throat
  • Minor burns
  • Flu symptoms
  • Allergies
  • Cuts and bruises
  • Ear infections
  • Sinus infections
  • Low-grade fevers