Urgent Care vs the ER

Emergency Room

What is urgent care? 

Urgent care facilities are clinics that provide quick and easy access to healthcare when your physician may not be available or their office is closed.  Most urgent care facilities are open daily and have extended hours to meet the needs of all patient populations. At Corner Clinic, we are open from 8:30 a.m.-9:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. on Sundays. We're also open most holidays.

When should you go to urgent care? 

Urgent medical conditions are ones that are not considered emergencies but still require care within 24 hours. Some examples include:

  • Accidents and falls
  • Cuts that don’t involve much blood but might need stitches
  • Breathing difficulties, such as mild to moderate asthma
  • Diagnostic services, including X-rays and laboratory tests
  • Eye irritation and redness
  • Fever or flu
  • Minor broken bones and fractures in fingers or toes
  • Moderate back problems
  • Severe sore throat or cough
  • Skin rashes and infections
  • Sprains and strains
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Vomiting, diarrhea, or dehydration

When should you head to the ER? 

If your condition is considered “life-threatening,” it will require a visit to the Emergency Room or Emergency Department.  These are conditions that require immediate attention and cannot wait until the next day to be evaluated.

In general, an emergency condition is one that can permanently impair or endanger your life. Dial 911 immediately for any medical problem that appears life-threatening. Some examples of conditions that need emergency medical care include:

  • Compound fracture, which involves a bone protruding through the skin
  • Convulsions, seizures, or loss of consciousness
  • Deep knife wounds or gunshot wounds
  • Fever in a newborn less than 3 months old
  • Heavy, uncontrollable bleeding
  • Moderate to severe burns
  • Poisoning
  • Pregnancy-related problems
  • Serious head, neck, or back injury
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Severe chest pain or difficulty breathing
  • Heart attack symptoms, such as chest pain that lasts longer than two minutes
  • Stroke symptoms, such as vision loss, sudden numbness, weakness, slurred speech, or confusion
  • Suicidal or homicidal feelings

Dial 911 immediately for any Medical Problem that Appears to be Life-Threatening.


ER visits should be reserved for true emergencies that require immediate care.  Minor injuries and illnesses can be properly cared for and treated at an urgent care, where you'll also likely save a lot of money and time. Our staff at the Corner Clinic look forward to helping you and your family with all your urgent care needs!