Urgent or emergency?
Urgent or EmergencyWhere to turn when illness won’t wait
It’s 6 pm on Saturday, and your throat has never hurt so much. Your doctor’s office won’t be open until Monday, and the thought of waiting until then is agonizing. Where should you go for care?

Depending on the severity or type of illness or injury, either an urgent care clinic or hospital emergency department can provide you or your family with the right care options.

Urgent care
Urgent care clinics are often a convenient alternative when your primary care provider is unavailable. They are typically open to walk-in patients seven days a week with extended hours. Seek urgent care for conditions that require attention but do not pose an immediate, serious threat to your health or life, such as:
  • allergies
  • back pain
  • cold or flu symptoms
  • cough or bronchitis
  • earache
  • minor burns or bruises
  • rash, poison ivy, or allergic reaction
  • rising temperature (fever)
  • scrape or cut
  • sore throat
  • sprain

Emergency department
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:

  • suspected heart attack or stroke (call 911)
  • coughing or vomiting blood
  • severe burns
  • deep cuts or bleeding that won’t stop
  • sudden or extreme breathing difficulty
  • sudden dizziness, blurred vision, weakness, or loss of coordination or balance
  • sudden, severe headache or abdominal pain
  • seizures
  • any other condition you believe to be life threatening

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.

Care when you need it most!
From full-service urgent care clinics to 24-hour emergency care, Harrison Medical Center is there to provide you and your family the care they need, 365 days a year.

Harrison Belfair Urgent Care
Hours: 7:30 am–7:30 pm, seven days a week

Harrison Port Orchard Urgent Care
Hours: 24 hours, seven days a week

Harrison Bremerton-Emergency Department
Hours: 24 hours, seven days a week

Harrison Silverdale-Emergency Department
Hours: 24 hours, seven days a week