You should use a hospital’s emergency department only for very serious or life-threatening problems. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms or conditions, don’t wait. Call 911 or get to your nearest hospital emergency department for:
After your visit
Many patients can go straight home after they’ve been evaluated and treated in an urgent care clinic or emergency department, taking with them follow-up instructions and any necessary prescriptions. For additional medical care following your initial assessment, see your primary care provider, making sure to update him or her on your outside treatment and condition.