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CarePlus Urgent Care offers trusted care, when you need it.

Sudden illnesses and injuries can be stressful, especially when you do not know where to go for immediate care. Both Urgent Care and the Emergency Room (ER) serve important purposes, but they are not interchangeable. Understanding the difference can help you make an informed decision about where to seek treatment in an instant. At Clinicas, we’re here to help you get the right care, at the right time.

Urgent Care Services

Urgent Care clinics are often called walk-in clinics because appointments are generally not required. They are designed to provide fast services to non-emergency illnesses and injuries. This includes any instance that is not severe enough to warrant a visit to an Emergency Room. Urgent Care clinics are a bridge between primary care and emergency care because they offer treatment that cannot wait for a doctor’s appointment. Urgent Care is convenient and less expensive than the Emergency Room.

Head straight to Urgent Care for:

  • Cold and flu symptoms
  • Ear and eye infections
  • High fever
  • Migraines and headaches
  • Minor cuts and bruises
  • Skin rashes and infections
  • Sore throat or bronchitis
  • Sprains and strains
  • Urinary tract infections

Urgent Care clinics generally accept a wider range of insurance plans, which means you can visit an Urgent Care for services without breaking the bank. You can also receive high-quality care that is close to home and avoid the hassle of an ER waiting room. Finally, Urgent Care clinics usually have access to patient medical records and can communicate with your primary care physician on any follow-up care after your visit.

At Clinicas, we are committed to granting you easy access to care. We offer Urgent Care services at our health center locations. You can also read more about CarePlus Urgent Care from Clinicas online.

Emergency Room Services

An Emergency Room visit is best for life-threatening, acute medical conditions or injuries. The ER is generally staffed with doctors, nurses and technicians who are trained to handle severe cases. The Emergency Department is also equipped with advanced medical technology such as X-rays and CT scans to take a closer look at any issues.

If you have a life-threatening or acute medical condition, it might be time to visit the Emergency Room. The ER is staffed with doctors, nurses and technicians who are specifically trained to handle severe cases and to stabilize difficult injuries and illnesses. The Emergency Department is equipped with advanced medical technology to take a closer look at serious cases, which may include taking X-Rays or conducting CT scans.

Head straight to the Emergency Room for:

  • Broken bones
  • Chest pains
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Seizures
  • Severe bleeding
  • Serious head injuries

Medical conditions that may require surgery should be attended to in the Emergency Room. The hospital setting is more equip to handle serious cases than an Urgent Care clinic. The ER handles advanced treatments, including surgery, in a safe and stable environment. If your instincts tell you not to hesitate, head straight for the Emergency Room.

Always be Prepared

From minor ailments to life-threatening conditions, you need to know where to go to get care quickly. Educating yourself is the best way to decrease stress when the unexpected happens. That way, when something that requires care comes along, you are prepared to seek care.