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When to Go to the ER vs. Urgent Care

When you’re injured or in pain, it can sometimes be hard to know if your medical needs can be met at an urgent care center or they necessitate a trip to the ER. Choosing the right medical setting can leave you with lower costs and decreased wait times.

At Southcoast Health, we are proud to offer both urgent care and emergency room facilities throughout southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island that provide expert immediate medical care right in your community.

What Urgent Care Treats

Urgent care services are commonly those that involve minor injuries and illnesses that are not life threatening in nature. These may include:

If your symptoms don’t require a trip to the ER, then it can save you time and money in the long run. You may also be referred by urgent care to the emergency room if you need more specialized treatment.

Explore our urgent care services and locations at Southcoast Health to get an idea of how we can accommodate you and your family.

What Our ER Treats

If you are in a life-threatening medical situation, then you need to go to your nearest ER as soon as possible, or call 911. Some of the common symptoms or traumas that require a visit to the emergency room include:

  • Chest pain
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Heart attack
  • Head trauma
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Severe bleeding
  • Stroke
  • Sudden loss of vision or blurred vision

Learn more about our emergency services, so that you can be prepared when you or someone in your family has a medical emergency in Fall River, New Bedford, Wareham, MA or a surrounding area.

We hope to serve each and every one of your medical needs with compassionate and advanced care in your community.

Southcoast Health provides both urgent care and emergency services to patients across southeastern Massachusetts, as well as parts of Rhode Island.