When you find yourself needing to seek medical treatment it can be extremely stressful. Here is a helpful guide on how to choose what type of medical care you or loved one should seek, considering how severe the injury or illness is. But remember, its best call is to 911 when the situation is life-threatening.

Primary Care

When you get sick or hurt and it’s not an emergency, your primary care provider is the best choice because they have your medical records on file and they are aware of your medical conditions. Your primary care doctor can make the best decision about treatments and tests that may need to be done since they have all of the medical information at hand. Plus, they can help you with follow-up care.

Urgent Care

Sometimes when you are sick or injured your primary care provider isn’t available. When you need same-day medical care and do not feel your condition is life-threatening,Urgent Care is a good option. Some conditions that may cause you to seek urgent care would include fever; sprains; minor cuts; earaches; back pain; minor eye injuries; migraines; rashes; vomiting or diarrhea; sore throats, coughs, or colds; urinary tract infections and so on.

Emergency Care

Redwood Area Hospital’s emergency department is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Emergency Department is the best place for severe illness or injury that cannot wait for clinic hours or any life-threatening condition. Some reasons to seek emergency care include chest pain or pressure, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, serious burns, serious head, neck, back or eye injuries, high fever or fever with a rash, seizures or convulsions, poisoning, uncontrollable bleeding, loss of consciousness, severe abdomen pain and any other condition that feels severe. As always, trust your gut. Learn the signs of a heart attack or stroke so that you can call 911 or got to an emergency room immediately. In cases of heart attack or stroke, every single minute can make the difference between life and death or serious long-term disability.

Award Winning Care

Redwood Area Hospital has been named one of America’s Best Hospitals for Emergency Care by the Women’s Choice Award®, recognized for emergency care measures in the top 8% of hospitals across the country.