Archive | December 15, 2017

Urgent Care or ER: Where Should You Go?

The next time you have a cold, the flu, broken bone… or if you or a loved one is experiencing chest pain or stroke symptoms, where should you go? Urgent Care can provide treatment for a lot of conditions. But for others, it’s important to go to the ER or call 911. In this WIS Health U news report, Dr. Don Moore of Lexington Medical Center explains the difference.


Generally speaking, urgent care centers provide treatment for less serious illness or injuries when your primary care physician is unavailable. They include: earaches, sore throats, sprains and strains, cold and flu symptoms, pink eye, sinus infections, seasonal allergies, urinary tract infections, mild asthma, stomach flu, simple cuts or wounds, and fever without a rash.

Call 911 if you or a loved one is experiencing a life-threatening emergency such as a heart attack, stroke, a severe injury or if you’re having trouble breathing. Conditions that may require immediate care in the ER include: loss of consciousness, signs of a heart attack or stroke including chest pain, chest discomfort and shortness of breath, uncontrolled or excessive bleeding, coughing or vomiting blood, a head injury, sudden or unexpected paralysis, sudden onset of severe pain or abdominal pain, poisoning, overdose, violent injuries from gunshots or stabbing and emotional stress or suicidal feelings.

Lexington Medical Center operates five Urgent Care facilities around Lexington County and treats more than 85,000 patients each year in its Emergency department. Visit LexMed.com