Urgent vs. Emergency Care

Wondering if you should visit our Urgent Care or the Emergency Department?

Compare your symptoms or injuries to some examples in the charts below.

Visit Urgent Care for:

  •     Allergies

  •     Asthma attack (minor)

  •     Bronchitis

  •     Colds, flu, fever

  •     Cough

  •     Dehydration

  •     Dizziness

  •     Ear infections

  •     Insect bites

  •     Migraines

  •     Minor burns

  •     Minor cuts

  •     Minor head injury

  •     Nausea

  •     Pink eye

  •     Rash

  •     Simple fracture

  •     Sore throat

  •     Sprains/strains

  •     Stitches

  •     Urinary tract infections

Visit the ED for:


  • Chest pain

  • Compound fractures

  • Confusion

  • Fainting

  • Fevers in infants

  • High fever (102°F and above)

  • Ingestion of obstructive objects

  • Ingestion of poisons

  • Major head injury

  • Palpitations

  • Pneumonia

  • Seizures

  • Severe abdominal pain

  • Severe burns

  • Severe headache

  • Shock

  • Significant trauma/injury

  • Snake bite

  • Unconscious or catatonic state

  • Uncontrollable bleeding

Always dial 9-1-1 immediately for any medical problem that appears to be life-threatening.


Remember, ED visits should be reserved for true emergencies, such as chest pain and severe injuries or trauma. Small injuries and illnesses will be examined by our urgent care physicians. If greater care is needed, our staff will direct patients to the proper healthcare provider, or, if it is a true emergency, we will transfer patients directly to the emergency room for further treatment.