Urgent Care or Emergency Department?

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When to Call 911

Medical Director Olivier Gherardi, DO emphasizes which symptoms warrant you calling 911 or visiting your closest emergency department.

Make an appointment at Urgent Care

When urgent care isn’t enough, you should dial 911 or go to the emergency department for treatment.

When to Visit Urgent Care

Seek treatment at Lifespan Urgent Care if your condition isn’t an emergency.

Visit urgent care for:

  • Minor burns
  • Injuries
  • Infections
  • Stomach ailments

When to Go to the Emergency Department

Call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department for potentially life-threatening conditions.

Go to the emergency department for:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Stroke symptoms
  • Heart attack symptoms
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Chest pain
  • Heavy bleeding
  • Any other potentially life-threatening condition

If you’ve been injured in a motor vehicle accident, go directly to the emergency department.

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