Emergency Services versus Urgent Care

Do You Know Where to Go?

Both Emergency Departments and Urgent Care Centers treat health problems that need medical intervention, but each type of facility provides different services. Do you know the difference?

Doctor and nurse putting cast on boy's arm in hospital

An Emergency Department treats patients whose health and well-being are immediately threatened. An emergency is a serious, unexpected situation that requires instantaneous action as it brings a pressing risk to one’s health or even one’s life. Emergency concerns include:

  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Broken bones
  • Trauma
  • Severe bleeding
  • Severe pain
  • Head injury
  • Other life-threatening situations

In an emergency, immediate intervention must occur to prevent the situation from escalating. If you experience an emergency, call 911 immediately. Read more about O’Connor Hospital’s Emergency Department.

An Urgent Care Center treats patients needing ambulatory medical care outside of a hospital emergency department. Urgent Care Centers treat non-life-threatening concerns including:

  • Minor injuries
  • Strep throat
  • Earaches
  • Flu and sore throat
  • Coughs and colds
  • Minor infections

Urgent Care facilities complement your personal physician by providing treatment when he or she is unavailable.

Visit our affiliated Urgent Care Center:

San Jose Medical Group Urgent Care Center
625 Lincoln Avenue
San Jose, CA 95126
Phone: (408) 278-3620
Days: Open 365 days a year
Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.