Immediate Care clinics: more convenient, less costly alternative to ER

Visit Immediate Care clinics for urgent, non-life-threatening injury or illness.

An illness or injury can happen any time. It’s important to know where to go for the right treatment. We want to help you make the right decision to get the right care when you need it.  

Sometimes it’s hard to know whether you should go to the emergency department (ER), immediate care clinic, or your doctor’s office — especially if a situation is sudden, urgent or painful. One thing to keep in mind is that your doctor knows you and your health history best so, when possible, visit your doctor’s office. 

If you are unable to visit your doctor, before heading to the ER, think about whether your situation poses an immediate, serious threat. If not, a friendly reminder that there may be more convenient, less expensive options.

Visit Immediate Care clinics for urgent, non-life-threatening injury or illness

A visit to a nearby Immediate Care clinic can treat many conditions, including:

  • Fever, colds, and flu
  • Ear, sinus or throat pain
  • Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea
  • Minor allergic reactions and asthma attacks
  • Minor wounds or head injuries (without loss of consciousness)
  • Sprains, strains, or fractures (without open wounds)
  • Cuts, scrapes or stitches
  • Rashes without a fever
  • Abdominal pain
  • Frequent and painful urination
  • Heat stroke or exhaustion, and dehydration
  • Eye infections or irritations

Visit ExpressCare Virtual for minor medical concerns

For minor medical concerns, you can connect with a board-certified health care provider in minutes from the comfort of your own home. Patients are connected with doctors and nurse practitioners through face-to-face secure video technology. ExpressCareVirtual is a quick and easy way to seek diagnosis or treatment for minor medical concerns, like:

  • Fever, cold, flu and headache
  • Heartburn, upset stomach and vomiting
  • Sore throat or sinus infections
  • Urinary tract or yeast infections
  • Allergies, bronchitis and congestion
  • Dry skin, hives and rashes

When to visit the ER

Visit a nearby Emergency Department, if your situation poses an immediate, serious threat, including:

  • Chest pain and/or difficulty breathing
  • Stroke symptoms, such as slurred speech
  • Serious burns
  • Severe head injuries or loss of consciousness
  • Eye injuries or vision loss
  • Severe cuts requiring stitches
  • Bleeding or pain during pregnancy
  • Fractures (with open wounds)
  • Paralysis
  • Seizure
  • Severe trauma
  • Poisoning
  • If you are unsure of the seriousness of your condition

When to call 911

For life threatening emergencies, call 911.