Emergency Room vs. Urgent Care: Where to Go

Emergency departments were created to handle acute, critical care. But too often people visit emergency rooms with minor injuries and after-hours sniffles, not realizing there are other options for non-life threatening care in their community.

Hoag Urgent Care offers local access for non-life threatening care in convenient locations throughout Orange County. In August, Hoag opened a sixth Urgent Care location to serve the needs of the Huntington Beach community.

To keep emergency rooms free to handle the immediate care of stroke, heart attack, severe bleeding, head injury and other major trauma, Hoag advises our patients to visit one of our nearby urgent care facilities.

If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, call 911. However, if you are experiencing the following conditions, an Urgent Care might be a better choice for you:

  • Coughs, colds, sore throats, ear infections
  • Fever or flu-like symptoms
  • Sprains and strains, broken bones
  • Minor burns or injuries
  • Animal bites
  • Allergic reactions, asthma, rashes
  • Employee injuries

Urgent Cares are also available for the following:

  • Physicals for sports or school
  • Pre-employment and pre-operation physicals
  • Drug screening
  • Immunizations and flu shots