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When to go to NowCare vs. When to go to the ER?

If you’re like most people, when you find yourself in a moment of medical crisis, you have have to ask yourself –

Do I go to the emergency room or do I go to NowCare?

The simplest answer is, it depends on the crisis.

When to go to the emergency room

You need to go to the ER if you are experiencing a medical emergency that is threatening your life. That includes:

  • Chest pain, breathing problems, or cold sweat that could all be symptoms of a heart attack
  • Sudden weakness is your arms, legs, or face; speech troubles; or sudden confusion that could all be symptoms of a stroke
  • Head injuries or other severe traumas
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Uncontrollable bleeding or bleeding that will not stop when pressure is applied

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, don’t mess around. Call 9-1-1 or head right to the hospital. And if you are unsure, best to err on the side of caution and go to the emergency room.

When to go the NowCare

Some situations you find yourself in might not be life threatening, but are still serious enough to need medical attention right away. In these situations, you should take advantage of Hackley Community Care’s NowCare medical services.

You should consider going to NowCare if you are experiencing:

  • Earache
  • Allergies
  • Bites or stings
  • Headaches
  • Sprains, strains, or swelling
  • Pink eye
  • Boils and cysts
  • Cold symptoms and low grade fever
  • Minor cuts
  • Sore throat
  • Sleep concerns
  • Pregnancy tests, family planning, and birth control