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Sep 14, 2015
Health Tip of the Week
Your child has a bad cold that won’t go away. She sprained her ankle. He’s having an asthma attack. Head to the emergency room? Not necessarily.
An urgent care center can handle many of these and other conditions — conditions you might think are better suited for an emergency room. But emergency rooms are designed to provide fast, life-saving care. While you may feel the urgency of all of your child’s issues, they may not always meet the medical criteria for an emergency room visit.
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has three pediatric urgent care centers — one in Bucks County, PA, one in Glen Mills, PA and one in King of Prussia, PA — all staffed by a dedicated team of board-certified physicians and nurses with special training in pediatrics.
So when should you head to an urgent care location? The teams at CHOP’s locations are equipped to manage many conditions including:
Unfortunately, sometimes you will be faced with a true emergency and need to take your child to the emergency room. Here are some of the top reasons to visit the ER:
Contributed by: Magna C. Dias, MD
Find directions and quick tips for getting to the Emergency Department at CHOP, including where to park and what to expect when you arrive.
Urgent Care is a safe, effective, and convenient solution for families seeking high-quality pediatric care outside their primary care physician’s office hours.
Find after-hours care for children with non-life-threatening illnesses or injuries that don’t need the resources of an emergency room.