You never plan for injuries or illnesses, but sprains, broken bones and viruses never seem to be convenient. At some point you may find yourself trying to decide if an urgent care or an emergency department is a better choice; consider what you might be comfortable having your primary care physician treat. Those common conditions, including simple lacerations that need stitching, insect bites, urinary tract infections, strains and sprains, as well as animal bites, are all treatable at the urgent care.
Life-threatening issues, such as shortness of breath, severe pain, drug overdoses, situations that require a CT scan or complex lacerations should be seen at an emergency department as soon as possible. Call 911 or head to the nearest emergency room.
Here are some simple ways to decide when to go to a St. Luke's Urgent Care Center, and when to visit an emergency department.
Urgent Care Centers
St. Luke's Urgent Care Centers are fully-equipped to provide lab and X-ray services. We can diagnose broken bones, splint them and do a variety of lab tests.
Emergency Department Care
St. Luke's seven Urgent Care Centers are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week with special holiday hours. Appointments are not necessary at the Urgent Care centers, so each center can see patients on a walk in basis and accept most types of insurance. Get more information about St. Luke's Urgent Care Centers.