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Urgent Care

When is it urgent and when is it an emergency?

Emergencies that aren’t life-threatening can be addressed at an Ogden Clinic walk-in location near your home. Ogden Clinic’s Urgent Care facilities have in-house X-rays, lab testing, and equipment required to treat urgent medical conditions like a burning fever or even a broken bone.

The ER is meant for true emergencies, which is why it’s usually staffed 24 hours a day. ER staff can handle trauma, surgical procedures, and other life-threatening situations. Ogden Clinic Urgent Care is not open 24 hours per day, but all of our locations have evening and weekend hours to serve your family.

Head to the ER If You experience:
  • Allergic reactions that cease breathing or cause life-threatening symptoms
  • Chest pain
  • Compound fracture (or a break that needs immediate surgery)
  • Deep wounds
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Severe head injuries
  • Pain, bleeding, or abnormalities during pregnancy
  • Persistent vomiting
  • Severe bleeding
  • Severe burns
  • Seizure
  • Traumatic injuries
  • Unconsciousness
Visit Urgent Care If You Experience:
  • Allergic reactions to bites, stings, or food
  • Cold and flu
  • Cough and/or sore throat
  • Cuts, scrapes, and other wounds
  • Ear aches or ear infection
  • Diarrhea, nausea, or stomach pain
  • Severe headache or migraine
  • High fever
  • Infections (ear infections, pink eye, UTIs, etc)
  • Minor injuries and burns
  • Sprains and/or bone fractures
  • Sports injuries
  • Strep throat
  • Vomiting

Consider wait times

Waiting can be a literal pain. Both Urgent Care and the ER experience high patient volumes, especially after hours and on the weekends.

Which facility has longer wait times? That entirely depends on the volume of patients during your visit. The difference between Urgent Care and the ER is that Urgent Care does not address life-threatening situations. If a patient with this type of injury or illness enters Urgent Care, the patient will be directed to the hospital immediately. Because the ER handles life-threatening emergencies, you may be waiting longer in your exam room if a more severe case enters the ER during your visit. You can check estimated wait times at Ogden Clinic’s Urgent Care locations here.