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Different health problems require different types of care, and it can be difficult and confusing to know where to seek the health care that will best serve you at that moment.

Primary, urgent care, and emergency facilities are each designed for specific needs and health problems. If you feel confident about which one to choose next time you have a health problem, it will be easier to receive the care you need quickly.

Primary Care

Your primary care physician is the doctor who knows you best, has your health records on file and should be the first person you try to see when you experience health problems such as the flu or any minor injuries.

These visits usually need to be scheduled by appointment, but many physicians have same-day appointments available for health concerns that you want to have checked out as soon as possible.

Urgent Care

You can think of an urgent care facility as the halfway point between primary care and an emergency room. Urgent care facilities are often open beyond normal work hours, so they are a good option if you need to see a doctor late at night, or if you are traveling. You can make an appointment ahead of time if you wish, but most urgent care facilities also have walk-in appointments. Here are a few cases where an urgent care facility may be most convenient:

– Headaches
– Insect bites or stings
– Sprains
– Rashes

Urgent care facilities are often equipped with x-ray machines and laboratories, and an urgent care physician can write you a prescription if needed.

Emergency Room

The emergency room is intended for health emergencies. If you are experiencing a serious illness or injury, an emergency room will be able to offer you the best care. If you experience any of the following symptoms, you should get to an emergency room as quickly as possible. During a medical emergency, do not hesitate to call 911.

– Stroke symptoms
– Broken bones
– Severe bleeding
– Concussion
– Chest pain
– Suicidal intentions

Any visit to the emergency room should be followed up with an appointment with your primary care physician. This will allow your doctor to advise you through recovery.

When you or someone close to you is experiencing a health problem – minor or urgent – it is important to know how to get the best care in any situation. Crisp Regional is proud to offer excellent care through its team of primary care physicians, as well as its urgent care facilities and emergency medicine.