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WHEN TO USE URGENT CARE OR EMERGENCY ROOM ?

Examples of how to decide between Urgent Care and the Emergency Room

Urgent Care

  • Infections
  • Cough, Colds and Flu
  • Minor injuries and trauma
  • Minor burns & rashes
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Fractures / Dislocations
  • X-Ray and Laboratory Services

Emergency Room

  • Chest pains / Heart attack
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Pregnancy related emergencies
  • Stroke or stroke like symptoms
  • Car accidents / Gun shots
  • CT/ MRI and other imaging

 

Time and Cost Advantages of Urgent Care versus Emergency Room

Urgent Care Emergency Room
Typical Co-Pay$50.00 $125.00
Average visit cost $155.00$1400.00
Average wait time45 Minutes** 3.2 Hours*
Hours of operation10 hours/day** 24 hours

*National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey: 2003 Emergency Department Summary. Advance Data Number 358. 38 pp. (PHS) 2005-1250

** Urgent Care Association of America

*** If you are experiencing a life threatening emergency, please call 911 immediately or go to your nearest emergency room.

Convenient, Quality Care is Here.

When you are in need of quality, compassionate care, delivered fast, come to SmartCare Urgent Care, conveniently located Next to Oglethorpe University in heart of Brookhaven and North Buckhead serving North Atlanta Ga, Dresden Rd., N Druid Hills Rd, Roswell, Chamblee, Norcross, Tucker, Doraville, Sandy Spring & Ashford Dunwoody Rd. Georgia. Smartcare Urgent Care is committed to providing you with the highest quality of injury, illness and wellness care.