Know Where To Go

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When you or a family member is sick or injured, knowing where to go for care can spare you a lot of anxiety. Here’s a guide to help you find the most appropriate place to receive the medical care you need.

PRIMARY CARE PROVIDER

Your primary care provider should be your first place for medical care as long as your condition isn’t a medical emergency. Your primary care provider knows you best, maintains your medical history and has a vested interest in your health. Here’s why you should see your primary care provider on a regular basis:

  • Preventative care such as annual wellness visits to track of your health over time, perform preventive services and screenings
  • Vaccinations for flu, pneumonia and human papillomavirus or HPV
  • Screenings exams for breast, cervical and colon cancer as well as blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes screenings
  • Ongoing management and treatment of chronic conditions like high blood pressure, high cholesterol and COPD
  • Referrals and care coordination for when it is time to see a specialist

Need a primary care physician? Meritus Medical Group has 7 primary care offices throughout the community to care for you. Click here for a listing

URGENT CARE

Urgent care centers fill the gap for when you become sick or injured and your primary care provider isn’t available. Here are a few conditions that can be treated at urgent care:

Meritus Urgent Care

13620 Crayton Blvd.
Meritus Medical Plaza
Hagerstown, MD 21742

  • Colds
  • Flu
  • Ear pain
  • Sore throats
  • Low-grade fevers
  • Skin rashes
  • Back pain
  • Minor cuts and burns
  • Minor eye injuries
  • Sinus infections
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Sprains and strains

Meritus Urgent Care is open daily from 7 a.m.- 7 p.m., even on holidays.

EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT

Emergency departments are designed for people with complex or critical medical needs. The hospital setting provides immediate access to specialized medical professionals, operating rooms, blood banks, ventilators and countless medications. Here are signs you should seek treatment at an emergency department:

  • Wheezing, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing
  • Chest pain
  • Fainting or dizziness
  • Possible broken bones or open wound fracturesMeritus Medical Center
  • Sudden numbness, weakness or confusion
  • Heavy bleeding
  • Severe pain anywhere in the body
  • Fever with convulsions
  • Coughing or vomiting blood
  • Severe headache or head injury
  • Sudden inability to speak, see, walk or move
  • Severe burns
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Poisoning or overdose of drug or alcohol

Meritus Medical Center's Emergency Department is open 24 hours a day.