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When Should I Go To An Urgent Care?

When Should I Go To An Urgent Care

When you or a loved one suffers an unexpected fall, injury or illness, you deserve easy access to prompt, high-quality treatment. We understand how worrying it can be when you need urgent care and your primary doctor is unavailable. That’s why Pomona Valley Health Centers offers urgent care facilities 365 days a year with extended hours. Our urgent care center helps fill an essential gap when you are in need of immediate medical attention.

Do you need an emergency room or urgent care?

If you have a serious, potentially life-threatening medical condition like a large open wound, compound fracture, chest pain, head injury or difficulty breathing, you should go to the nearest emergency room. Emergency rooms have the equipment and medications necessary to help people with serious, life-threatening conditions.

If you have an urgent need for medical care, but are not in immediate danger of losing your life or limb, you may be better off visiting an urgent care facility. Why? Emergency rooms must take patients with life-threatening illnesses or injuries first. Everyone else will have a longer wait. For faster service, we recommend visiting urgent care at Pomona Valley Health Centers. Our doctors have extensive experience treating a wide range of illnesses and injuries—including worker’s comp cases.

The difference between the words ‘emergency’ and ‘urgent’ can get confusing because they both suggest there is a medical issue that needs prompt attention. Here is an easy way to determine whether an urgent care facility or emergency room is right for you:

  • Visit an urgent care facility if you are suffering from a sudden illness or injury that you would normally address with your primary doctor.
  • Visit an emergency room if you have a serious, potentially life-threatening medical issue.

Medical conditions that can be treated at an urgent care facility

If you find yourself in need of prompt medical care, but aren’t sure if an urgent care facility can help, below are common illnesses and injuries treated at PVHC urgent care:

  • Mild asthma attacks or other mild breathing issues
  • Cold and flu symptoms
  • Children’s illnesses
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Minor cuts, scrapes, burns or rashes
  • Allergies
  • Sprains and strains
  • Sports injuries
  • Bites and stings
  • Migraine headaches
  • Eye irritation
  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Vomiting, diarrhea, or dehydration
  • Minor broken bones

If you or a loved one needs urgent care in Pomona Valley, the skilled physicians at Pomona Valley Health Centers are here for you—no appointments necessary. If you’re wondering if urgent care is the right choice for your medical condition, please call 909-536-1493.