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Spokane, WA Providence Consistent Care Program to reduce Emergency Room visits.

For Patients

Where should you go for care?

When illness, accidents and injuries happen, where should you go for care? The answer depends on the seriousness and type of illness.

Some options for health care include:

Doctor's Office or Clinic

Unless you have a life-threating emergency, you should start with a doctor's office or clinic. They deliver basic care for common illnesses, minor injuries and routine health exams. Your doctor can also help you manage your health over time.

You should make an appointment with your doctor's office for:

  • Common illness, such as colds, flu, ear aches, sore throats, migraines, fever, rashes.
  • Minor injuries, such as sprains, back pain, minor cuts and burns, minor eye injuries.
  • Regular physicals, prescription refills, vaccinations and screenings.
  • A health problem where you need advice.

Usually open during regular business hours. May have same-day appointments, some extended hours and weekend appointments.

Urgent Care Clinics

When your doctor is not available, urgent care clinics provide attention for non-life threatening medical problems that could become worse if you wait.

Urgent care clinics provide walk-in appointments and are often open seven days a week with extended hours for:

  • Common illness, such as colds, the flu, ear aches, sore throat, migraines, fever, rashes.
  • Minor injuries, such as sprains, back pain, minor cuts and burns, minor eye injuries.

Open extended hours into the evening and on weekends. No appointment necessary.

Emergency Room

You should use a hospital emergency room for very serious or life threatening problems.

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, don't wait! Call 911 or get to your nearest hospital emergency room.

  • Chest pain
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Coughing or vomiting blood
  • Severe burns
  • Deep cuts, or bleeding that won't stop
  • Sudden blurred vision
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Sudden dizziness, weakness or loss of coordination or balance
  • Numbness in the face, arm or leg
  • Sudden, severe headache
  • Seizures
  • High fevers
  • Any condition you believe is life threatening.

Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.