Convenient Care vs Emergency Room

When to Choose Convenient Care

This is a great option when you can’t get in to see your regular doctor. With Mercy Convenient Care, you can walk in without an appointment and see a health professional for treatment of:

  • Coughs and colds
  • Sinus infections
  • Sore throat
  • Rashes
  • Pink eye
  • Upset stomach
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Other minor health conditions

Convenient Care may also offer school, sports or work physicals and preventive care, such as flu shots or immunizations.

When to Go to the Emergency Room

For serious or life-threatening problems, don’t wait! Go to the Emergency Department or call 911.

Emergency symptoms include:

  • Chest pain
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Difficulty breathing/shortness of breath
  • Sudden dizziness, weakness, loss of coordination or balance
  • Sudden blurred vision
  • Numbness in the face, arm or leg
  • Sudden, severe headache
  • Deep cuts or bleeding that won't stop
  • Coughing up/vomiting blood
  • Severe burns
  • Seizures
  • Signs of shock: chills, blue lips/fingernails, severe pain, dizziness, rapid breathing
  • Head injury resulting in vomiting, blurred vision, severe headache, loss of motor skills, bleeding from the nose/ears