ER vs. urgent care

When is it an emergency?

Call 911 if you think you’re dealing with a medical emergency. Signs include:

ER vs. Urgent Care

  • Severe chest pain
  • Uncontrolled bleeding
  • Poisoning
  • Seizures
  • Head trauma
  • Coughing up or vomiting blood

What to do when it’s not an emergency

When you need us, our emergency department is ready. We’re open 24 hours a day, every day. And we’re prepared for every kind of medical emergency. But what if a health issue needs quick attention but isn’t an emergency?

If your doctor isn’t available, urgent care or virtual care may be a good choice for getting care without an appointment. 

Urgent care centers treat minor illnesses — such as flu, fever, earaches and rashes — and some minor injuries. CMH has two urgent care centers, one in Astoria and one in Warrenton, that also provide x-ray and laboratory services.

When it’s not an emergency and urgent care isn’t a good option, you can speak to a doctor at the CMH Virtual Clinic over the phone or by video call for a flat rate of $39. Our Virtual Clinic doctors can diagnose and prescribe treatment for many conditions — at any time of day. Go to columbiamemorial.org/care-now to get started.

But remember: an urgent care center isn’t a replacement for your primary care doctor or the emergency department.