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ExpressCARE vs. ER: Your Definitive Guide

From cuts and rashes to colds and flu, ExpressCARE is here for you

Colds, stomach bugs, minor cuts, and injuries never happen at a convenient time. When you go to ExpressCARE, you can count on high-quality urgent care, 365 days a year, no appointment needed.

When you arrive at ExpressCARE, sign in with the registration desk. You will be seen by a health care provider who can diagnose your condition, order an X-ray if you need one (available onsite) and prescribe medication when needed. Kids and adults are welcome.

ExpressCARE or ER?

But what is the right time to pick ExpressCARE versus going to the emergency room (ER)? ExpressCARE is best for illnesses or injuries that you might go to your family doctor for, but your life isn’t at risk. ER is where you go if you are experiencing severe illness, symptoms or injury – health emergencies that require immediate, high-level specialty care.

Go to ExpressCARE

Go to ER

  • Allergies
  • Animal bites
  • Back pain
  • Broken bone (no open wound)
  • Bronchitis
  • Cuts (minor)
  • Cough, sore throat
  • Ear pain
  • Eye swelling or irritation
  • Flu
  • Flu Shot
  • Minor fever, colds
  • Minor headache
  • Nausea
  • Poison ivy
  • Rashes
  • Sinusitis
  • Sprains, strains
  • Wounds (minor)
  • Broken bone (open wound)
  • Chest pains
  • Cuts (deep)
  • Coughing up blood
  • Head injury
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Severe shortness of breath
  • Stroke signs (numbness,
    impaired balance, drooped face,
    speech slurring, vision is blurred
    or doubled)
  • Suicidal feelings
  • Wounds that won't stop bleeding

Visit LVHN.org/ExpressCARE to find an ExpressCARE location nearest you and check wait times.