We all like being happy and healthy, but sometimes things go wrong with our bodies. We can feel sick or tired, we can get cuts, and be in pain. When problems like this happen, where is the best place to go for help?
There are many places you can go for care. There are community health centers, walk-in clinics, and emergency rooms. But these places deal with different problems.
Community Health Center: For preventive care, common illnesses or minor injuries – Primary Care Providers can help.
Medical Walk-In Clinic: For serious but non-life threatening problems – you can quickly get care from a provider at your local walk-in clinic.
Emergency Room: For very serious illnesses or injuries – quickly find a hospital emergency room.
When to See a Primary Care Provider
Your Community Health Center’s primary care provider, or PCP, is where you should go for most of your routine medical issues and regular check-ups. These medical providers can give vaccines, refill prescriptions, perform regular physicals, and manage any ongoing illnesses. Here are some examples of conditions to see your PCP about:
You should visit a Walk-In Clinic when you or a loved one is experiencing serious but non-life threatening medical issues, or if you cannot reach your primary care provider. Some examples of non-life threatening medical issues include:
Allergic reaction (mild)
Cold and cough
Earache or ear infection
Headache or migraine
Insect or minor animal bite
Minor burns or cuts
Nausea and vomiting
Sprains or strains
Stomach pain (mild)
At the Community Health Center in Snohomish County, we also provide care for walk-in patients that need immediate attention to minor injuries or problems.
When to Go to the Emergency Room or Hospital:
Sadly, sometimes we can have very serious injuries or problems that need professional attention right away. In situations like these, the emergency room is the place to go. The types of problems that require a hospital visit are:
If you are seriously injured or are having problems with one of the issues above, it is important that get help immediately; in some cases you will need to call 9-1-1 for help.
Community Health Center in Snohomish County
For regular medical and dental care, or for more immediate medical needs, visit your Community Health Center in Snohomish County. Our doctors can provide you with the care and health services that you need recover from injuries and return to being happy and healthy. Call us today at (425)-789-3700 if you have questions or would like to set up an appointment.