St. David’s HealthCare provides emergency care to more than a quarter million people each year – this makes us a highly experienced and capable team of ER doctors, nurses, and technicians. We can treat your emergency needs any time, day or night. Even if you think your emergency may be too small, or that you can suffer through, remember it only takes a moment for a small concern to become a big emergency. But we’re prepared to help you handle that emergency with efficiency and quality. If you’re having an issue that requires urgent attention but may not need a trip to the ER, we have one urgent care center.
When to Go to the ER vs. Urgent Care
Not all emergencies are big emergencies. A sprained ankle, for example, might not be something you want to go to the ER for, but it also needs to be treated right away – so do you go to ER or urgent care?
Here’s a guide to help you decide when to go to the ER versus the urgent care center:
- Symptoms of a heart attack, including chest pain, shortness of breath, cold sweats, nausea, or dizziness – call 911, you need to go to the ER.
- Head injury or trauma, especially when followed by dizziness or vomiting – go to the ER.
- Seizure lasting longer than five minutes or accompanied by injury, pregnancy or other symptoms – call 911, you need to go to the ER.
- Fever (105° or higher for adults) won’t go down with treatment or is accompanied by other symptoms, such as difficulty breathing – go to the ER.
- Possible broken bone – call 911, you need to go to the ER.
- A sprain or strain, with no obvious signs of a broken bone – go to an urgent care center.
- Signs of a bad cold or the flu – go to an urgent care center.
- You have other minor wounds, symptoms, or concerns – call your doctor, or go to an urgent care center if you’re unsure.
The best thing you can do is play it safe when it comes to your health. Call 911, go to the ER, or visit an urgent care facility as soon as you have emergency concerns – it could save a life.
A Vast Network of ER Experts and Services
Our hospitals are staffed by board-certified emergency physicians and are the only system of facilities in the region fully accredited by the Society of Chest Pain Centers. St. David’s Medical Center is a Comprehensive Stroke Center and St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center was the first Level II Trauma Center in Williamson County. In addition, St. David’s HealthCare provides 4 freestanding emergency center open 24/7 and one urgent care facility.
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