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ReadyCare Vs. the ER

When do I go to ReadyCare versus an Emergency Department?

Temple ReadyCare is ready to treat most non-life-threatening illnesses and injuries, but certain symptoms and conditions require the care of a hospital emergency room. Call 911 if you are experiencing a medical emergency.

Symptoms and Conditions Best Treated at a Hospital Emergency Department

  • Chest pain or pressure
  • Uncontrolled bleeding
  • Sudden or severe pain
  • Coughing or vomiting blood
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Sudden dizziness, weakness or changes in vision
  • Changes in mental status, such as confusion

Symptoms and Conditions Commonly Treated at Urgent Care Locations

  • Cold and flu
  • Minor burns or injuries
  • Sprains and strains
  • Cough
  • Headache and migraine
  • Ear infections
  • Minor allergic reactions
  • Fever or flu-like symptoms
  • Rash or other skin irritations
  • Mild asthma
  • Animal bites
  • Broken bones (simple fractures)
  • Sore throat

In this video, Mark B. Abraham, DO, Medical Director, Temple ReadyCare, explains when you should go to an urgent care center and when you should go to the ER.

Choosing Between an ER and Urgent Care