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We have a variety of health care facilities in the community that can diagnose and treat your health condition. Different places specialize in different treatment though, so consider the severity and type of your condition before heading to the doctor.

Not sure which treatment center is the right one for your case? View the quick guide below to see examples of which facilities can diagnose and treat your ailments. And remember, when in doubt, call 911.

When to Visit Primary Care:

Your primary care doctor is your partner in good health and your main point of contact for your health care needs. Your doctor gives you routine care and will treat you when you have a problem that is not an emergency. You should see your doctor once a year and as needed to help you with ongoing health problems. Your doctor usually can see you during the day Monday through Friday.

Need a primary care physician? Find one using our online Find a Doctor tool.

  • Routine well visits
  • Preventative care
  • Immunizations or shots
  • Diabetes (sugar)
  • Rashes
  • Cold and flu symptoms
  • Colonoscopy
  • High blood pressure
  • Tooth pain
  • Sore throat
  • Pine eye
  • Lower back pain
  • Animal or insect bite
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Pap smear

When to Visit Urgent Care:

When your primary care doctor isn't available, or if you are hurt from an injury and you need to see a doctor quickly, urgent care is there to help you. Urgent care can treat any health problem where you need to be seen quickly but is not an emergency. Urgent Care has evening and weekend hours when your primary care doctor may not be available.

  • Sprains and strains
  • Stitches
  • Rashes
  • Cold and flu symptoms
  • Tooth pain
  • Sore throat
  • Pink eye
  • Lower back pain
  • Animal or insect bite
  • Urinary tract infection

When to Visit the Emergency Room:

You should use the emergency room for any life or death emergency. You should follow up with your primary care doctor after a visit to emergency room. Remember, when in doubt, call 911.

UM BWMC's ER is located at 301 Hospital Drive, Glen Burnie, MD 21061.

  • Allergic reactions
  • Babies needing immediate care
  • Serious eye or head injuries
  • Severe burns
  • Suspected drug overdose or poisoning
  • Severe abdominal or chest pain
  • Breathing problems
  • Stroke symptoms
  • Heart attack symptoms
  • High fevers
  • Altered mental state (confusion, disorientation, memory loss, slow response)

Download our convenient tip sheet to help you decide where to go for your health care needs.