Navigating Your Healthcare Needs: Immediate Care, Emergency Room, or Primary Care?

Young woman trying to stand up after falling on slippery icy pavement outdoorsWhen it comes to taking care of your health, it’s important to know where to go for different situations. Riverside Healthcare is here to help guide you through when to visit an Immediate Care, the emergency room, or your regular primary care provider.

Immediate care locations are ideal for non-life-threatening illnesses or injuries that require immediate attention but are not severe enough for the emergency room. Common issues like minor fractures, infections, UTI or flu symptoms can be efficiently addressed at an Immediate Care. Riverside has Immediate Care locations in Bradley, Coal City, Kankakee, and Watseka which are available for walk-in appointments, or you can schedule ahead in the myRiverside app offering convenient, cost-effective solutions.

In emergencies involving life-threatening conditions such as chest pain, severe injuries, or difficulty breathing, the emergency room is the best choice. Emergency rooms provide 24/7 comprehensive care and advanced medical interventions, ensuring timely treatment for critical situations.

For regular check-ups, shots, or if you’re not feeling great but it’s not an emergency, it’s best to make an appointment with your primary care doctor. They know your health history and can help you stay healthy over time.

Knowing where to go for different health needs helps you get the right care. Riverside Healthcare is here to make sure you can easily get the care that’s just right for you.