​Where you go for your care matters

You get the best care when you see your regular health care provider. They know you and your medical history. For most medical problems, you should go to your regular health care provider first.
 
Doctor's Office or Clinic

Unless you have a life threatening emergency, you should start with a doctor's office or clinic. They deliver basic care for common illnesses, minor injuries, and routine health exams. Your doctor can also help you manage your health over time.

You should make an appointment with your doctor's office for:
  • Common illnesses such as colds, flu, earaches, sore throats, migraines, fever, rashes
  • Minor injuries such as sprains, back pain, minor cuts and burns, minor broken bones, or minor eye injuries
  • Regular physicals, prescription refills, vaccinations, and screenings
  • A health problem where you need advice
Usually open during regular business hours. May have some extended hours and weekend appointments.
  Urgent Care Clinics

When your doctor is not available, urgent care clinics provide attention for non-life threatening medical issues or those that could become more severe if you wait.

Urgent care provides walk-in appointments and are often open seven days a week with extended hours.

When your regular doctor or health care provider is not available, you should go to an urgent care clinic for:
  • Common illnesses such as colds, flu, earaches, sore throats, migraines, fever, rashes
  • Minor injuries such as sprains, back pain, minor cuts and burns, minor broken bones, or minor eye injuries
Usually open extended hours into the evening and on weekends. Some urgent care clinics are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Urgent Care at PeaceHealth Southwest Memorial Health Center
  Hospital Emergency Room

You should use a hospital emergency room for very serious or life threatening problems.

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, don't wait! Call 911 or get to your nearest hospital emergency room.
  • Chest pain
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Coughing or vomiting blood
  • Severe burns
  • Deep cuts or bleeding that won't stop
  • Sudden blurred vision
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Sudden dizziness, weakness, or loss of coordination or balance
  • Numbness in the face, arm, or leg
  • Sudden, severe headache
  • Seizures
  • High fevers
  • Any other condition you believe is life threatening
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