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Emergency Room or Urgent Care?

Whenever you or someone you love has sudden symptoms of an illness or injury, your first thought is getting to a medical facility. But how do you decide which medical facility you should go to? There are two different places you can go when symptoms suddenly appear- the emergency room or an urgent care. How do you decide which you should go to?

If it's a life threatening injury or illness, go straight to the emergency room (which is sometimes best accomplished by calling 911). There is one conveniently located at Meritus Medical Center - Emergency Room, in Hagerstown, MD. Open 24/7, this is definitely the right choice for any sudden, serious injury or illness.

But what about non-life threatening illnesses like a sprained ankle, minor fracture, ear ache, sore throat, or fever? What if you have a minor injury or illness but no primary care physician? An urgent care center may be a great choice for you. Staffed by physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants, urgent care centers are a great alternative when most other doctor’s offices have already closed. Plus, an urgent care center may be closer to your home – saving time and gas!

Consider going to Meritus Urgent Care at Sylvania Centre the next time you need medical care and can't get into your doctor's office.

- By Kayla Murphy

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Hagerstown, MD 21742
TDD: 1-800-735-2258
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