When your primary care doctor is unavailable and you need to choose between the ER and urgent care, there are a few things to consider.
For medical emergencies ALWAYS call 9-1-1.
What do urgent care centers treat?
Typically, urgent care centers are staffed by nurse practitioners or physician assistants who treat patients for minor conditions when their general primary care doctors are unable to see them. While urgent care centers are overseen by board-certified physicians, the majority of patients treated are not treated by a board-certified physician. An urgent care center is a great place to have minor health inconveniences treated.
Some reasons to visit an urgent care center include:
- Common cold
- Sore throat
- Minor burns
When do I go to the ER?
Urgent care centers are not suited for emergency care. If you think you or a loved one is suffering from a potentially life-altering condition, it is always safer to go to the emergency room.
Some reasons to go to your closest ER include:
- Severe chest pain
- Concussion-like symptoms
- Serious burns
The Swedish advantage
At Swedish Medical Center, our dedicated ER doctors and nurses work around the clock to provide emergency care for the South Denver community. We believe that getting patients out of the waiting room and into the treatment room is important for medical outcomes. 95 percent of our ER patients are taken directly to a treatment room and never have to wait for service.
If you or a loved one is suffering from a medical emergency, we hope you choose Swedish Hospital. The Swedish Medical Center ER is staffed by board-certified physicians 24/7 and includes a Level I trauma center for patients with more critical injuries. Our facility is the only Level I trauma center in Colorado with a dedicated burn unit. We also have an experienced team of pediatric specialists who treat our youngest ER patients with expertise and compassion.
If you need immediate care, our ER doctors are there.