David Arredondo, MD

Health emergencies happen and it can be difficult to know where to go when you need care quickly. At Presbyterian, we offer both urgent and emergency care options.

When your primary care provider is unable to see you, you can visit an urgent care clinic. Urgent care clinics provide help with minor illnesses and injuries such as coughs, flu, ear or sinus infections, fevers, rashes, small cuts, minor broken bones and joint sprains. Our urgent care clinics offer same-day scheduled appointments and walk-in care. Many common conditions can also be treated with an urgent care video appointment.

In the emergency department, we diagnose and treat illnesses and injuries that can be life-threatening and require immediate medical attention. After treatment, you may need to be admitted to the hospital or you may be sent home and advised to seek follow-up care with another provider.

Sometimes, you’re not sure of the best place to get the care you need. Here are some guidelines to help:

Go to an urgent care clinic for conditions such as:

  • Sprains and strains.
  • Sore throats, coughs, colds or the flu.
  • Ear infections, sinus infections.
  • Allergy flare-ups.
  • Mild asthma.
  • Minor broken bones, such as a finger.
  • Minor cuts that may need stitches.

Go to the emergency department at a hospital for conditions such as:

  • Chest pain.
  • Any sudden or severe pain.
  • Difficulty breathing.
  • Head injuries.
  • Sudden changes in vision.
  • Difficulty speaking.
  • Sudden confusion or dizziness.
  • Suicidal feelings.
  • Coughing up or throwing up blood.
  • Major broken bones, such as a leg.
  • Severe diarrhea or throwing up.
  • Severe bleeding.
  • Abdominal pain.

If you feel that you are having a serious medical emergency, call 911 or go to your closest emergency department as soon as possible.

At Presbyterian, we can help you get the care you need. Visit phsgetcare.org for more information.