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  • Learn about your urgent care options: you have choices

    It can be frightening when a sudden illness or injury strikes, especially if your regular doctor is unavailable. You may need to make a quick decision about where to get medical attention. But it’s also important to have all the facts before you seek care. Even in those moments, you have choices.

    Find an Urgent Care location near you

    New York City
    Upstate New York
    Long Island

    When to visit an emergency room

    Use good judgment in deciding when to use emergency medical services. If you are alarmed by unusually severe symptoms, it is best to seek immediate care. Below is a limited list of the most common reasons to visit an emergency room.

    • Loss of consciousness/fainting
    • Signs or symptoms of stroke or heart attack/chest pain
    • Shortness of breath
    • Infants less than 6 months with a temperature greater than 103 degrees
    • Severe burns
    • Severe choking (can’t talk or breathe)
    • Severe abdominal pains
    • Severe break or bone fracture
    • Pregnancy bleeding or complications

    When an urgent care center makes sense

    • Fevers, colds, flu, sore throat
    • Ear and eye infections
    • X-rays and lab tests
    • Setting and casting broken bones
    • Cuts needing stitches/removal of stitches
    • Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea
    • Scrapes, minor cuts and bruises
    • Sprains and strains
    • Backache
    • Toothache

    Urgent Care Can Really Make a Difference

    • Affordability—Less money in copays and overall services versus an ER visit
    • Fast—No appointment necessary, shorter wait times, open on weekends and evenings
    • Quality Care—Staffed with trained professionals and clinicians
    • Resources—Equipped with diagnostic and laboratory tools for urgent medical needs
    • Easy Access—Facilities are conveniently located near a patient’s home or work