Should you head to urgent care or the ER?

Your sore throat is worse than ever at 10 a.m. on a Saturday, and you’re afraid it might be strep. Should you head to an urgent care center or an emergency room?

With more than 30 locations throughout the Valley, you can find an urgent care location that’s close to home. Urgent care is less expensive than the emergency room.

Common ailments or injuries that can be treated at HonorHealth Urgent Care include:

  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Back pain
  • Boils and abscesses
  • Bites and rashes from insects and animals
  • Cold and flu
  • Cuts and minor burns
  • Earaches
  • Fevers
  • Flu shots
  • Headaches
  • Minor injuries
  • Pink eye
  • School and sports physicals
  • Sprains, strains and breaks
  • Sinus infection
  • Some women's health needs
  • Sore throats
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Vomiting and diarrhea
  • X-ray capability is available at all sites

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What about the emergency room?

If you believe your medical emergency is a condition that’s serious, or could cause death or permanent injury if not treated quickly, go to the emergency room. These conditions could include:

  • Chest pain with dizziness, nausea, sweating, shortness of breath or pain radiating to the neck, jaw or arm.
  • Loss of consciousness or vision.
  • Poisoning or suspected drug overdose.
  • Severe abdominal pain.
  • Stroke symptoms.
  • Traumatic injury to the head, neck or abdomen.

The chart below illustrates the types of injuries and illnesses that can be addressed at two different levels of care:

Urgent Care Emergency Room
Fever Fever with stiff neck
Strain, sprains and breaks Open fractures and dislocated joints
Cut Laceration with persistent bleeding
Minor burn Serious burn
Vomiting and diarrhea Severe abdominal pain or intestinal bleeding
Allergies Severe allergic reaction
Scrapes and bruises Seizure

Not sure which to choose?

We can help! HonorHealth Complete Care is the greater Phoenix area’s first combined emergency room and urgent care under one roof. This approach not only takes the guesswork out of which type of care to seek when you are unwell or injured, but it also makes care more affordable by avoiding the higher cost of an emergency room if your or your loved ones only require urgent care. Board-certified physicians and advanced practitioners will determine the level of care you need.

With all the convenience of an urgent care and the medical expertise of an emergency room, you never have to choose between exceptional service and exceptional treatment. From fevers to fractures, sprains to broken bones, or chest pains to shortness of breath, we have you covered.

Learn more about HonorHealth Complete Care.