When you need immediate medical attention, the thought of waiting at an emergency department might be exasperating. Due to overbooking or restricted office hours availability, family physicians are not always accessible when treatment is required. Fortunately, walk-in urgent care facilities are available. Here's a summary of when you should go to urgent care instead of the emergency department.

The fact that individuals use ER rooms for non-emergencies contributes to their long wait times. If a patient needs healthcare for a non-life-threatening ailment, a walk-in clinic is probably a preferable option. These could be any of the following.

  • Asthma
  • Cold or flu symptoms
  • Pediatric illness
  • Fevers
  • Sinus pain
  • Coughing, sore throat, or respiratory problems
  • Work-related injury
  • Minor burns, bruises, scrapes, or lacerations
  • Fractures
  • Stings and bites
  • Headaches
  • Abdominal pain
  • Allergies, rashes, or hives

When to Use the ER

  • Severe head injury
  • Physical or sexual assault
  • Major burns
  • Pregnancy complications, such as bleeding, labor, or decreased movement
  • Poisoning, suicidal behavior, or overdose
  • Inhalation of smoke or chemicals
  • Sudden confusion, loss of ability to speak, dizziness, numbness, or weakness
  • Loss of limbs or deep wounds
  • Vomiting blood, etc.

Using Urgent Care clinics instead of emergency rooms might save you a significant amount of money. An emergency hospital wait might last hours, but an urgent care clinic can see you within 5-15 minutes. You will not only save space in the emergency room, but you will also receive personal attention quickly. Urgent care services include x-rays, medicine delivery, and prescription, and laboratory testing.


Walk-in clinics are a handy alternative to the emergency department due to their extended hours. In addition, urgent care is inexpensive, and many clinics accept most insurance plans. Avoid the emergency room in favor of Urgent Care facilities for urgent and everyday healthcare needs. Knowing the difference between a medical emergency & a health condition will save you a lot of pain, worry, and aggravation.


Urgent Care Fontana, California's finest Urgent Care facility, provides extensive medical care for the entire family. Our physicians and staff are ready to treat patients of all ages, from babies to adults to the elderly.

We serve as a link between the emergency department and your primary care practitioner. Our locations in Fontana, Rancho Cucamonga, & San Bernardino will revolutionize your convenience. For further information, please visit www.westpointmedicalcenter.com or contact (909) 355-1296.