Choosing Emergency Care or Urgent Care

doctor with examining patient's earBelow is a quick guide of "emergency" problems, for which a visit to the Emergency Care Center at Sturdy Memorial Hospital is recommended, versus "urgent" problems, for which the Urgent Care Center in Plainville, is more appropriate.

Emergency Care

Below is a quick guide of "emergency" problems, for which a visit to the ER is recommended:

  • Chest pain, especially if it is associated with sweating, shortness of breath, or radiation to the jaw or arm
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Allergic reactions that threaten breathing
  • Heavy bleeding
  • Vaginal bleeding in pregnancy
  • Burns involving large areas of the body
  • Sudden onset or severe headaches
  • Head trauma while on blood thinners
  • Head or eye injury
  • Deep wounds
  • Dislocated joints
  • Major extremity injury with deformity
  • Severe palpitations
  • Severe abdominal or back pain
  • Sudden testicular or pelvic pain
  • Persistent vomiting
  • Fainting/loss of consciousness episode
  • Seizure without prior history of epilepsy
  • Sudden confusion, difficulty speaking or understanding speech, weakness of an arm or leg, or sudden loss of vision in one or both eyes
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Baby ≤ 3 months old with fever ≥ 100.4

Urgent Care

We offer a variety of urgent care services and treatment for minor injuries and illnesses including:

  • Sore throat
  • Ear aches
  • Cough
  • Cold or flu symptom
  • Sinus pain
  • Mild shortness of breath related to asthma
  • Fever without rash
  • Minor cuts requiring sutures
  • Minor burns
  • Rashes (including poison ivy or tick bite related)
  • Abscess requiring drainage
  • Minor extremity injuries
  • Sports related injuries
  • Mild back pain
  • Muscular pain
  • Persistent diarrhea
  • Vomiting, but still able to drink fluids
  • Stomach pain (not severe)
  • Suspected gout flare
  • Painful urination
  • Flu shots
  • X-ray services for possible minor bone break

Having An Emergency?

If you are experiencing symptoms of a stroke, heart attack, head injury, or other life threatening emergency you should always call 911 and proceed by ambulance to the nearest emergency department. Our emergency department at Sturdy Memorial Hospital is open 24 hours a day. We are equipped to handle some of the most serious situations life has to offer, and see close to 50,000 visits annually. Learn more about our emergency services.

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Emergency Preparedness

Our emergency preparedness team routinely holds "disaster drills" to test the preparedness of all departments during an internal or external emergency. Taking a leadership role in preparing our community, we have also focused on educating municipalities, health agencies, community organizations and residents about potential threats.