What Are the Differences between Emergency Rooms and Urgent Care Clinics?
If you are experiencing an issue with your health, it is important to choose the right facility to get the treatment you need. We’ve put together this chart to help you make the right decision when you’re faced with a medical emergency.
Urgent Care is NOT Emergency Care
Urgent care centers are same-day clinics that handle a variety of minor medical conditions that may need to be treated right away. Some conditions that can be treated at urgent care centers include fever, ear infections and minor cuts and sprains.
Emergency rooms are staffed with physicians and registered nurses that specialize in treating emergency health concerns. They have the equipment necessary to perform X-Rays, CT scans and ultrasounds. They provide 24 hour emergency care, including weekends and holidays. Emergency Rooms can treat minor conditions that urgent care clinics can as well as major illnesses.
Hospital Emergency Rooms vs. SignatureCare Emergency Center
While hospital emergency rooms have the ability to treat severe and life threatening conditions, there are often very long wait times and you are sometimes not seen by a board-certified physician.
At SignatureCare Emergency Center you will always be seen by a board-certified physician. Our convenient Houston, Austin, College Station, Sugar Land and Memorial City locations are open 24/7, including weekends and holidays and are easily accessible. Our physicians spend more time with each patient so you receive a higher quality of care. We’re here to help!