Goble Medical | Urgent Care vs. ER
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Do you know where to go when you need quick medical attention?


Going to an Emergency Room can be a costly choice. It’s important to know if Urgent Care will meet your needs before you decide to skip the ER to save time and money. Check out our simple comparison below to learn about the differences between the ER and Urgent Care.

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Urgent Care

Urgent Care facilities are for those times when you need medical attention within 24 hours, but your situation is not emergent or life-threatening. Here are some examples of conditions that would be treated at an Urgent Care facility:

  • Fever
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Sprain
  • Broken bones
  • Minor cuts
  • Minor burns
  • Sore throat or cough
  • Cold-like symptoms
  • Headaches
  • Vomiting
  • Allergic reactions (non-life-threatening)
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Emergency Room (ER)

Emergency rooms are for times when your medical needs are life-threatening or “emergent”. If your life is in danger, if part of your body may be permanently damaged, or if you are in severe pain, go to the ER or call 911. Here are some examples of conditions that may be treated at an Emergency Room:

  • Chest pain
  • Severe breathing problems
  • Major bleeding
  • Seizures
  • Head injuries
  • Sudden or severe pain
  • Sudden loss of consciousness
  • Slurred or slow speech (may be a sign of stroke)