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Urgent Care or Emergency Room?

"Based on some research that we've done, we know that the emergency room is seeing a lot of people with common cold, flu illnesses, strep throat complaints," said Tiffany Toms, Office Supervisor of Urgent Care on Pennsylvania Ave. in Hagerstown.
HAGERSTOWN, Md. - Urgent care, or the emergency room? Would you know which one to pick if you weren't feeling your best?

Officials with Meritus Medical Center said they're seeing some issues in their Emergency Department and Urgent Care facility, where patients are choosing wrong.

It's an icy mess outside and the arctic breeze is helping to spread germs. It's a combination that's got a lot of people feeling under the weather.

So what's the difference between an emergency illness and an emergency injury, and where is the best place to go for the best care?

"Based on some research that we've done, we know that the emergency room is seeing a lot of people with common cold, flu illnesses, strep throat complaints," said Tiffany Toms, Office Supervisor of Urgent Care on Pennsylvania Avenue in Hagerstown.

"The emergency department is for more life threatening injuries and illnesses. And urgent care is for minor illnesses and injuries," said Lucy Folino, DO, at Urgent Care.

Officials said there's a lot of confusion for patients about where they should seek treatment, the emergency room or urgent care, especially during the winter months when family practice physicians close or aren't open as long because of weather.

"People coming here who have more serious injuries, and get them to really go back to the emergency room because time is very important when you have something serious, we really want you to go to the emergency room," said Tiffany Toms.

So if you have chest or abdominal pain, go to the ER. But go to urgent care for things you'd normally go to your primary care doctor for.

"Sore throats, flu, fever, sick little kids, sprains, strains," said Folino.

Officials said if you have a question about where you should be going, call them. Call 911 for emergencies only.

And officials with Meritus Medical Center want to remind patients that their Urgent Care facility accepts the same types of insurance as the Emergency Department.
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