Know Where to Go for the Right Kind of Care
Many serious health concerns that may seem like emergency room problems can be just as easily treated at an urgent care center, and at a much lower cost. Knowing the difference between a medical emergency and something that needs quick treatment in an urgent care center is important for both your finances, time, and keeping emergency room staff free to perform life-saving procedures.
Below, we go over some of the reasons you might need to visit the emergency room or urgent care center.
When to Visit the Emergency Room
The emergency room is designated for life-threatening emergencies that, if not treated immediately, could result in death.
Reasons to visit the emergency room can include, but are not limited to:
- Severe chest pain or pressure
- Sudden or severe pain
- Vaginal bleeding during pregnancy
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Uncontrolled, severe bleeding
- Coughing or vomiting blood
- Dizziness or blindness
- Slurred speech or confused mental state
When to Visit an Urgent Care Center
For minor emergencies, or non-urgent concerns, urgent care can usually provide the care you need. Urgent care clinics can handle non-life threatening medical issues and also costs significantly less than emergency room care.
It may be appropriate to visit an urgent care center if you or someone else is experiencing:
- Animal bites that are not toxic or severe
- Bladder infections
- Sore throats
- Ear infections
- Sprains, strains, or other minor injuries
- Cold and flu
- Sinus problems
- Minor fevers
Contact West Valley Urgent Care if you are still not sure whether or not an urgent care center is right for your situation. We have locations in Glendale, Phoenix, and Surprise.View Our Locations