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Emergency Care vs. Urgent Care

What is the difference between an Emergency Department and an Urgent Care Center? When should you visit one versus the other?

Urgent care is not a substitute for emergency care. You should use an emergency department for very serious or life-threatening problems.

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, don’t wait!
Call 911 or get to your nearest emergency room.

  • Chest pain
  • Coughing up or vomiting blood
  • Deep cuts or bleeding that won't stop
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Numbness in the face, arm, or leg
  • Seizures
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Severe burns
  • Sudden blurred vision
  • Sudden dizziness, weakness, or loss of coordination or balance
  • Sudden, severe headace