Urgent or Emergency?

Urgent or Emergency?


Choose the right medical care for your situation

Urgent or Emergency?

If you feel you have a serious, life-threatening illness or injury that requires immediate medical care, CALL 911 or go to the nearest hospital.

Choosing the Right Type of Medical Care

Imagine: It’s the middle of the night and you wake up in pain. What do you do?

Unfortunately, most of us will face that question at least once in our lives—for ourselves or a loved one. When a situation is not clearly an emergency, it can be difficult to decide what to do.

Columbia Memorial Hospital provides emergency and urgent care at any time of day, every day of the year through our Emergency Department and Virtual Clinic. We also offer walk-in urgent care at our Astoria and Warrenton Urgent Cares.

When To Seek Emergency Medical Care

Call 911 or go to the nearest hospital emergency room in the event of:

  • Allergic reactions to food, animal or bug bites
  • Broken bones
  • Chest pain
  • Constant vomiting
  • Continuous bleeding
  • Severe shortness of breath
  • Deep wounds
  • Weakness or pain in a leg or arm
  • Head injuries
  • Unconsciousness

If you are experiencing a life-threatening illness or injury, call 911 or go directly to the CMH Emergency Department (or the nearest hospital emergency room), as this is the right choice for treatment!

Please Note: CMH caregivers will always assess your condition and needs upon your arrival. It’s important to understand that patients with especially serious conditions are always given top priority. The Emergency Department treats patients in an order determined by the severity of their illness rather than their time of arrival.

Patients who arrive by ambulance generally are in more serious condition than patients who arrive without emergency personnel assistance, so patients brought by ambulance may be seen before others. Depending on the nature of your problem, it may be necessary to wait for a special room to become available.

When to Seek Urgent Care Services

If you experience a minor illness or injury, such as a twisted ankle, flu-like symptoms or a minor burn, one of our CMH Urgent Care Clinics or the CMH Virtual Clinic are great options for immediate treatment, especially when your primary care provider is unable to see you.

CMH Urgent Care Clinics treat:

  • Flu and colds
  • Coughs and sore throat
  • High fevers
  • Vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain
  • Cuts and severe scrapes
  • Broken bones
  • Minor injuries and burns
  • Sports injuries
  • … and more

CMH Virtual Clinic cares for:

  • Allergies
  • UTIs
  • Pink-eye
  • Coughs, Colds & Flu
  • Gout
  • Rashes & Acne
  • Bronchitis
  • Sinus infections
  • … and more