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Urgent Care vs. Emergency Room

It is essential to understand the difference between a walk-in urgent care center and the Emergency Room. Effectively using the correct medical treatment center can save you significant amounts of time and money, and most importantly help keep your life. Urgent care is for conditions that require prompt attention but do not pose an immediate, serious threat to your health or life. In general, if your medical issue is life-threatening call 911 or goes directly to a hospital emergency room. If not, AFC Urgent Care Springfield is an excellent alternative.

Some examples of conditions that can be treated at your local urgent care center include the following:

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Accidents and falls
  • Asthma – mild to moderate
  • Back problems
  • Bleeding caused by everyday accidents
  • Ear Pain
  • Eye Irritation
  • Fever
  • A migraine headache
  • Small bone fractures
  • Skin Rashes
  • Sprains
  • STD Tests or Treatment
  • Sprains and broken bones
  • A sore Throat
  • Urinary burning
  • Vomiting, Diarrhea, and Dehydration

STD Testing that is Discrete:

We know that sometimes the hardest part of healthcare issues is not knowing. That’s why every AFC Urgent Care center has on-site labs and qualified diagnostic partners, so you’ll get results back on time or even before you leave. From blood workups and analysis to treatment and consultation, our trained staff will give you exactly what you’re looking for. Peace of mind.

What We Can Test For:

  • Hepatitis C
  • Syphilis
  • Herpes
  • HIV
  • Gonorrhea
  • Chlamydia

Some examples of conditions that require a Hospital Emergency Room include the following:

  • Amputations
  • Breathing Obstruction
  • Convulsions or seizures
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Drug overdose
  • Knife or gunshot wound
  • Loss of limb or severe broken bone
  • Poisoning
  • Pregnancy – severe abdominal pain
  • Seizures/Convulsions
  • Serious head, neck or back injury
  • Suspected Heart Attack or Stroke
  • Unconsciousness

Always use your best judgment in making a medical decision. If you have any doubts, call your family doctor, 911 or AFC Urgent Care Springfield & West Springfield. We are open weekdays from 8 AM to 8 PM, and weekends from 8 AM to 5 PM. For more information about the services we provide, please call to speak with one of our medical professionals at Springfield (413) 782-4878 & (413) 781-0100.


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