Think Twice before Going to the ER

Did you know many visits to the ER are unnecessary?  Consider this:

~More people go to the ER for a cold than a broken leg;

~The following conditions were reasons for an ER visit in 2015:

  1. Headaches
  2. Common cold
  3. Back pain
  4. Urinary tract infection
  5. Earache
  6. Eye Infection

Fortunately, there are four (4) Legacy GoHealth urgent care clinics in Clark County, WA for medical conditions that require immediate attention but do not require a visit to the Emergency Room.

The GoHealth clinics are located in Hazel Dell, Camas, Cascade Park and Salmon Creek.  Clinic hours are generally open until 8 pm Monday through Friday; Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 5 pm.  See the link below for a complete listing of all Oregon and SW WA GoHealth clinic locations and hours.

Of course, some situations are true emergency situations that do require an ER visit (broken bones, bleeding, heart attack symptoms, stroke symptoms, severe falls etc.)  Though all emergency situations are stressful, giving a few seconds of consideration as to whether to go to the ER or an urgent care clinic might permit you to be seen sooner, reduce the amount of unnecessary, potentially costly tests and avoid lengthy wait times that the ER is known for.  The ER staff must categorize each patient visit as truly urgent and non-urgent.  The non-urgent patients are the patients who may have to wait the longest for care.

Locate the closest Legacy GoHealth Clinic so you know where to get the care you need for an urgent medical situation.

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