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When to Choose Walk-In Clinic vs. Emergency Room

Patients frequently seek the services of a hospital emergency department for ailments or injuries that could be treated more economically, and just as effectively, at a walk-in clinic or their doctor’s office. It is not always easy to determine when you should choose a walk-in clinic over a hospital emergency department.

Unless it is an emergency, it is best to first seek the advice and services of your own primary care provider. If you cannot get in to see your own doctor, or don’t have a primary care provider, the walk-in clinic is a great option for care.

The following lists will help you choose when to seek the services of Mid Coast Hospital’s Emergency Department and when the Mid Coast Walk-In Clinic is a positive option.

 

 
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  • Coughs / Congestion
  • Cold / Sore Throat
  • Fever or flu-like symptoms
  • Minor Burns
  • Minor lacerations (cuts)
  • Allergic reactions, minor (e.g. no difficulty breathing)
  • Rash or other skin irritations
  • Sprains and strains
  • Mild asthma
  • Animal bites
  • Cellulitis
  • Puncture wounds
  • Wound checks
  • Abscess
  • Dental pain
  • Eye infection or ear aches
  • Facial irritation
  • Minor head injury (without loss of consciousness)
  • Breast tenderness
  • Urinary discomfort
  • Muscular back pain

 

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  • Chest pain, difficulty breathing, or shortness of breath
  • Serious or severe injuries, burns, electrical shock, contamination, trauma
  • Broken bones
  • Uncontrolled bleeding
  • Vaginal bleeding during pregnancy
  • Coughing or vomiting blood
  • Altered mental state (confusion)
  • Suicidal thoughts or feelings
  • Stroke symptoms (see list in box below)
  • Seizure
  • Weakness / Dizziness / Fainting / Unconsciousness
  • Poison ingestion or overdose
  • Severe vomiting or suspected food poisoning
  • Abdominal pain
  • When the Walk-In Clinic is closed
 
 
In case of life-threatening emergencies, please call 911
for your nearest local Emergency Medical Services (EMS).
Life-threatening conditions include situations in which you
or a family member have signs of heart attack (discomfort in
the chest or other areas of the upper body, shortness of breath,
sweating, nausea, or lightheadedness), stroke (sudden
numbness or weakness in the face, arms, or leg, especially on
one side of the body, sudden confusion or trouble speaking or
understanding, trouble seeing in one or both eyes, sudden
trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination,
sudden severe headache with no known cause), or sudden loss
of responsiveness.
If you have any question about the severity of an emergency, call 911. EMS teams can save lives in critical situations.
 
 
 

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