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Hurt or sick? Know where to go

During a sudden or worsening medical event, it can be unclear where to go for care. Is it emergency room (ER)-worthy or can urgent care evaluate and treat the issue? Because an ER visit can be costly, and wait times for non-critical issues potentially long, many patients want to avoid an unnecessary trip. Check out these lists for guidance and, of course, always use your best judgement.

Never drive yourself if you are experiencing severe pain, chest pain, shortness of breath, weakness, numbness, dizziness, impaired vision, or a severe allergic reaction.

Vancouver Clinic Urgent Care tips:

• All sites have X-ray available during all working hours.

• Strep throat swabs, UTI tests, and most other lab tests are available.

• Walk in, schedule an appointment online, or call 360-882-2778.

• Vancouver Clinic’s Urgent Care copay is the same price as a regular visit. We don’t charge extra when you need to be seen right away.

Find a time that works for you

All our locations are open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays, and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends and most holidays.

Urgent care

Head to urgent care when you have a minor injury or illness or can’t wait to see your regular doctor.

Go to urgent care for:

• Abdominal pain (mild to moderate)

• Acute upper respiratory infections (nasal congestion, sore throat, cough)

• Asthma (mild to moderate)

• Back pain • Dizziness (mild to moderate)

• Ear pain or foreign item/wax in ear

• Eye infections and minor eye injuries

• Fever or flu-like illnesses

• Lacerations or burns (minor)

• Migraines and other mild headaches

• Motor vehicle accidents (minor)

• Pelvic pain or vaginal discomfort

• Sexually transmitted diseases

• Skin problems (rashes, abscess, boils)

• Sprains and minor fractures (broken bones)

• Urinary tract infections (UTIs)

• Vomiting, diarrhea, or dehydration

• Work injuries (workers compensation)

Emergency room

Go to the hospital or call 9-1-1 if you think that you’re dangerously ill or injured.

Go to the ER for:

• Allergic reactions (severe)

• Asthma or shortness of breath (severe)

• Acute vision loss and severe eye injuries

• Altered mental state or confusion

• Broken bones with deformity or bones exposed

• Burns (serious) • Chest pain or pressure

• Fever in infants under 3 months

• Head trauma or loss of consciousness

• Lacerations (deep or extensive)

• Physical or sexual assault

• Poisonings or drug overdoses

• Seizures

• Severe trauma or injury

• Stroke-like symptoms (speech difficulty, weakness, numbness)

• Sudden or severe headache

• Suicidal or homicidal thoughts

• Uncontrolled bleeding

• Vaginal bleeding in pregnancy