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Know When to Go

Do you need to go to the ER? Or can you choose urgent care instead?

The simple answer is to ask yourself, is your ailment life-threatening? Are you at risk for losing a limb or your eyesight? If so, go to the Emergency Room.  If not, save yourself time and money by going to the Holy Cross Urgent Care and Imaging Center.

If you’re having chest pains or severe shortness of breath, please go to the ER immediately.  If you’re experiencing blurry vision, numbness, slurred speech or other signs of a stroke, the best place to be treated is the ER.  Also, if you have a compound fracture (there is a bone protruding through your skin), please go directly to the ER. Visit our Emergency Room services here.

But if you have a minor injury or illness (including fever, flu, upper respiratory infections, etc.), the Holy Cross Urgent Care and Imaging Center can treat you.


The Answer from Our Physician

Dr. Lawrence Eastburn explains when you should go to the Emergency Department and when seeking care at an Urgent Care Center is appropriate.


Here are some ailments that we recommend you get treated at the ER:

  • Altered mental status
  • Chest pain
  • Choking
  • Electrical shock
  • Extreme shortness of breath
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Major trauma
  • Poisoning
  • Pregnancy-related problems
  • Seizure

The benefits of a walk-in urgent care center begin with the fact that you are less likely to have an extended wait.


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