In a life-threatening situation, you should always
go to the nearest emergency room. However, in other cases, even when urgent,
there are other options to save you time and money.
with your Primary Care Provider
Unless it is a life-threatening emergency, it
is always best to consult your doctor's office first. By doing so, your doctor
may suggest alternatives to the emergency room or may even want to see you. If
the office is closed, there may be an on-call nurse or doctor who can provide
advise based upon your medical history. After you call your doctor, consider
the 2 options below.
1: Walk-in Clinics are
located within your local Pharmacy that treat simple medical concerns/inquiries
such as Flu-like symptoms, Earaches, Pinkeye and sore throat.
2: Urgent Care Centers
These are local Clinics that care for and treat conditions that are not life
threatening but should be treated right away, such as; Sprains, Minor Burn,
Short term (acute) illness and broken bones.
These hours are typically days, evenings and
weekends. To find a provider near you visit: http://provider.bcbs.com