Frequently, patients seek the services of an emergency department for ailments or injuries that could be treated more economically, and just as effectively, at an urgent care center. It is not always easy to determine when you should choose urgent care over the hospital emergency department. The following lists offer some guidance, but are not necessarily all-inclusive.
The Emergency Department is the best place for these and other critical conditions, including:
- Chest Pain
- Difficulty breathing
- Severe bleeding or head trauma
- Loss of consciousness
- Sudden loss of vision or blurred vision
An Urgent Care can better meet your needs for:
- Minor burns or injuries
- Sprains and strains
- Coughs, colds, and sore throats
- Ear infections
- Allergic reactions (non life-threatening)
- Fever or flu-like symptoms
- Rash or other skin irritations
- Mild asthma
- Animal bites
- Broken bones
Remember, urgent care clinics are also a resource for flu shots and sports physicals.
Lake Health's Emergency Departments are located at TriPoint Medical Center in Concord Township and West Medical Center in Willoughby. Both Emergency Departments are certified by the Joint Commission as Primary Stroke Centers and are Accredited Chest Pain Centers by the Society of Chest Pain Centers.
Lake Health's four Urgent Care Centers, have received Certified Urgent Care designation from the Urgent Care Association of America. With this certification, Lake Health and the Urgent Care Association of America demonstrate their commitment toward providing patients with access to appropriate levels of care.
All Lake Health urgent care and walk-in centers accept unscheduled, walk-in patients during all hours of operation. The Tyler Urgent Care Center, Chardon Campus, Madison Campus, and Willowick Campuses are open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., and on Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Painesville Quick Care Center is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Middlefield Clinic, located inside Walmart Supercenter, is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.