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Medical Services at UPMC Urgent Care

When to Choose Urgent Care

Sometimes it’s hard to know which kind of care you need: urgent care, primary care, or the emergency department at a hospital. For minor illnesses and injuries, Urgent Care wait times are usually shorter than at an emergency department, and unlike visiting your family doctor, you don’t need an appointment. Serious illnesses or injuries should be treated at the emergency department.

Use this handy chart to help determine the best type of care for your medical condition.

Illnesses and Injuries

Urgent
Care

Primary
Care

Emergency
Department

Colds and flu

 

Coughs and sore throats

 

Earaches

 

Bronchitis, pneumonia, sinus infections

 

Asthma*
*If severe, visit the emergency department

 

Allergies

 

Minor broken bones

 

Sprains and strains

 

Cuts and scrapes

 

Infections, such as pink eye and urinary tract infections

 

Skin conditions, such as rashes and irritations

 

Vomiting*
*If severe, visit the emergency department

 

Diarrhea*
*If severe, visit the emergency department

 

Abdominal pain*
*If severe, visit the emergency department

 

Chronic health conditions

Chest pain

Stroke

Heart attack

Shortness of breath

Severe trauma or injury

Severe headache  


Other Health Care Services

Urgent
Care

Primary
Care

Emergency
Department

Flu shots

 

Immunizations

 

 

Physicals for sports and work

 

On-site prescriptions*


*On-site prescriptions not available at Erie Urgent Care locations


 

 


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