When to Visit Primary Care:

Your primary care doctor provides you with routine care and will treat you when you have a medical concern that is not an emergency. Visit your doctor once a year for a wellness visit and for medical attention as needed for ongoing health concerns. These include

  • Preventive care
  • Immunizations or shots
  • Diabetes check ups
  • Rashes
  • Cold or flu symptoms
  • Colonoscopy referral
  • High blood pressure
  • Sore throat
  • Pink eye
  • Lower back pain
  • Animal or insect bites
  • Urinary tract infections

Choose primary care when you do not need immediate medical care.

When to Visit the Emergency Department:

Use the Emergency Department for any life or death emergency, or when you need immediate medical attention and cannot see your primary care physician.

These include visits for:

  • Sprains and strains
  • Allergic reactions
  • Babies needing immediate care
  • Serious eye or head injuries
  • Severe burns
  • Suspected overdose or poisoning
  • Abdominal or chest pain
  • Breathing problems
  • Heart attack symptoms
  • High fevers
  • Stroke symptoms

Choose emergency care when you have a medical emergency or when primary care is not available.