When you’re sick or injured, you want the most convenient and best care possible. But not all care options are alike. Read on to learn the differences between primary care, urgent care and the emergency room (ER).
When to go to primary care
Your primary care doctor is the best option when you need to be seen for common illnesses or injuries that don't require immediate care.
The Christ Hospital Physicians - Primary Care:
- is available during regular business hours
- is on call every evening and weekend
- is the least expensive option
When to go to urgent care
Urgent care centers are same-day clinics that care for many illnesses and injuries like urinary tract infection, upper respiratory symptoms, indigestion, rashes, skin infections and small burns.
The Christ Hospital Urgent Care:
- is a good option if your primary care doctor can't see you soon enough and the illness or injury isn't an emergency
- doesn’t require an appointment
- is open after-hours and on weekends
- has convenient parking
- has shorter wait times than the ER
- offers x-rays for possible broken bones
When to go to the ER
The ER is the best place for treating severe and life-threatening conditions. You should go to the ER if you're experiencing urgent health symptoms like severe shortness of breath, weakness or paralysis in an arm or a leg, severe chest pain or abdominal pain, or uncontrollable bleeding.
Emergency care at The Christ Hospital:
- is open 24/7
- has the widest range of services for emergency after-hours care, including diagnostic tests and access to specialists
- is more expensive than primary care and urgent care
- can have longer wait times than primary care and urgent care
Learn more about primary care, urgent care and emergency medicine services at The Christ Hospital.