Urgent Care or Emergency Room?
Get immediate care from trusted doctors at Adventist HealthCare in the setting that meets your needs. Choose between urgent care and the emergency room (ER) based on the seriousness of your medical condition.
When to Visit the Emergency Room
If your condition threatens your life or the life of someone else, go to the emergency room. Call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest ER if you experience:
- Bleeding that won’t stop
- Broken bones
- Chest pain or pressure
- Coughing or vomiting blood
- Difficulty breathing
- Head injury or other severe injury or wound
- Severe abdominal pain, vomiting or diarrhea
- Signs of stroke
- Sudden dizziness, weakness or changes in vision
- Thoughts about hurting yourself or someone else
Emergency Room Wait Time
Get a wait time estimate to see how long you can expect to wait after you sign in. Patients arriving by ambulance may increase your wait time. Patients with life-threatening symptoms are seen before patients with less serious symptoms.
Is Urgent Care Right For Me?
Your primary care doctor is the best choice for everyday illness and injury care. But if you don’t have a primary care physician, he or she is unavailable or you’re travelling, turn to the experienced urgent care professionals at Adventist HealthCare.
When to Go to Urgent Care
Use a faster, less costly alternative to the ER for minor illnesses and injuries. Patriot Urgent Care, an Adventist HealthCare Partner treats health concerns that aren’t emergencies but still need quick treatment. Visit a walk-in clinic near you if you have:
- Animal bite or bug sting
- Cough, flu, fever or sore throat
- Ear pain
- Migraine headache
- Mild asthma
- Minor burn
- Pink eye
- Rash, eczema or other skin irritations
- Small cuts
- Sprains, strains or minor broken bones
- Urinary tract infection (UTI) or yeast infection
Care for Assault Survivors
Turn to Adventist HealthCare for confidential medical care. See the specially trained forensic nurses at Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center or Adventist HealthCare Germantown Emergency Center if you need care after:
- Abuse or neglect
- Domestic violence
- Sexual assault