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Temple ReadyCare

Urgent Care or ER? How to Decide

ReadyCare Vs. the ER

When do I go to ReadyCare versus an Emergency Room?

Temple ReadyCare is ready to treat most non-life-threatening illnesses and injuries, but certain symptoms and conditions require the care of a hospital emergency room. Call 911 if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

Symptoms and Conditions Best Treated at a Hospital Emergency Room

When to go to an emergency room: When you or someone close to you is experiencing:

  • Chest pain or pressure
  • Uncontrolled bleeding
  • Sudden or severe pain
  • Coughing or vomiting blood
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Sudden dizziness, weakness or changes in vision
  • Changes in mental status, such as confusion

Symptoms and Conditions Commonly Treated at Urgent Care Locations

In this video, Mark B. Abraham, DO, Medical Director, Temple ReadyCare, explains when you should go to an urgent care center and when you should go to an emergency room.