Urgent or Emergency?

Urgent Care vs Emergency Care


During the COVID-19 pandemic, don’t ignore signs of a heart attack, stroke, cancer or other serious medical conditions. Hartford HealthCare’s nine emergency departments are ready to help you, safely and promptly, with dedicated areas for non-COVID patients.

For more information on the precautions we are taking, click here.


What qualifies as urgent?

A few examples:

  • Cuts, scrapes, wounds and lacerations
  • Sprains, strains
  • Minor fractures and dislocations
  • Broken bones
  • Minor burns
  • Rashes and insect bites
  • Abscess, boils
  • Allergic reactions
  • Fever
  • Dehydration requiring oral hydration
  • Nausea, diarrhea, vomiting and stomach flu
  • Congestion and upper respiratory infections
  • Cough, cold and flu
  • Migraines, headaches
  • Bronchitis, wheezing and asthma attacks
  • Ear infections, earaches and foreign body removal
  • Corneal abrasions
  • Nose bleeds (packing available)
  • Sore throat, strep throat
  • Pink eye
  • Urinary tract infections

And if it’s not urgent? You’ve still come to the right place. Urgent care also offers:

  • Flu shots
  • Routine and travel immunizations
  • Vaccinations
  • Cholesterol, diabetes and thyroid screening
  • Diagnostic services, including X-Rays and laboratory tests
  • STD and HIV screening
  • School, sport and camp physical exams

Urgent Care Locations

Go to the ER or call 9-1-1 for...

  • Loss of Consciousness
  • Fainting, Sudden Dizziness or Weakness
  • Changes in Vision
  • Trouble Walking
  • Severe Shortness of Breath
  • Severe and Sudden Onset of Pain
  • Coughing Up or Vomiting Blood
  • Head Injury
  • Major Bone Break
  • Suicidal Thoughts and Feelings
  • Chest Pain

Emergency Room Locations

Emergency Care


ER Wait Times

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