In our blog we often explain when you should see your health care professional. But there are times when a health care situation is urgent and calling the clinic in the morning may not be the best course.
Here’s information you may print off and put in your phone book or a place where you and your family can easily find it in case of a medical situation that can’t wait.
Your health care provider should be your first destination for non-emergency care. It’s a good idea to be aware of your clinic’s hours (including weekend hours), phone number and address. Print this blog and write your provider information below.
Urgent care is a good choice for receiving care when your primary care provider isn’t available, such as after hours, on weekends and on holidays. List the hours, phone number and address of your nearest urgent care center. Check which center is covered by health insurance you may have.
When you have a serious medical condition that requires immediate attention, seek emergency care.
Call 911 if the situation is life threatening. If you call 911, emergency responders are trained to react quickly and transport you to the health care facility that can best meet your needs.
The emergency room is designed for conditions that are truly life threatening. Go there for treatment to save life, limb or eyesight. Avoid the emergency room for lesser problems.
Not only will emergency care cost more, but if you visit an emergency room for a problem that isn’t a true emergency, you may have a long wait while people with more pressing medical needs are tended to. The wait could be much longer than if you visit a clinic designed for non-emergency problems. Plus a clinic or urgent care center may be closer to you.
At many Aurora Urgent Care Centers, you can check wait times online and make a reservation for your visit time to reduce your wait. Receive a text message before your scheduled time as a verification.