ER & Urgent Care
Choosing the Most Appropriate Care
It can be difficult to know when to seek care at an urgent care facility
or when to go to the nearest Emergency Room. When experiencing severe
pain or feeling ill, you may not be able to assess whether or not you
have a true emergency.
EMERGENCY ROOM CARE is for life-threatening conditions:
If you have any of the following symptoms, call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest
hospital emergency room:
- Chest pain
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Sudden blurred vision, dizziness, weakness or loss of coordination/balance
- Numbness in the arm, leg or face
- Severe abdominal pain or headache
- Bleeding that will not stop
- Coughing up or vomiting blood
- Severe burns or life-threatening injury
A hospital emergency room, such as at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital,
is open 24 hours every day. Appointments are not needed, although the
most critically ill patients are usually treated first. Emergency room
treatment for a condition that turns out not to be a true emergency, is
often covered at a lower rate.
Check in from home!
InQuicker, our new Online Waiting Service that enables individuals with non-life
threatening medical conditions to check-in for projected treatment times
prior to being seen by a health care professional at a medical facility.
URGENT CARE deals with non-life threatening situations that are moderate
or serious including:
- Broken bones
- Vomiting and nausea
- Abdominal pain
- Illness or other non-life-threatening conditions
Urgent Care facilities, such as Doctors on Duty, are typically open every
day, including weekends and holidays, and have early morning and evening
hours. Appointments are not needed and patients are usually seen in the
order in which they arrive. Urgent care is generally covered by most insurance programs.
In an Urgent Care facility, board-certified physicians, registered nurses
and other medical professionals—who are skilled in emergency medicine—provide
care for patients. They examine each patient, and if true emergency care
is required, the patient can then be referred or transferred directly
to the nearest Emergency Room.
For less serious health concerns, visit one of our affiliated Doctors on
Duty or Urgent Care Centers. Locations listed
A PHYSICIAN’S OFFICE provides on-going care for:
- Follow-up to emergency treatment
- Chronic conditions
- Health checkups