When should I go to my primary care physician (PCP)?
You should go to your regular doctor first for most problems. You get the best care because they know you and your medical history.
- The common cold
- Sore throat
- Back pain
- Minor cuts and bruises
- Tooth pain
And for regular check-ups!
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When should I go to urgent care?
You should go to urgent care if you have a medical issue that occurs outside of your PCP’s normal business hours and cannot wait, but is not life threatening.
- Evaluation & treatment of injuries
- Fracture care
When should I go to the emergency department?
You should go to a hospital emergency department for very serious or life-threatening problems.
Call 911 for things like:
- Chest pain
- Severe stomach pain
- Bleeding that won’t stop
- Deep cuts
- Coughing or vomiting blood
- Shortness of breath
- Severe burns
- Loss of balance
- Sudden blurred vision
Any other condition you feel is life-threatening.