Urgent and Emergency Care
If you need care right away, it is important to know where to go.
You should contact your primary care provider (PCP) first if it is a minor illness or injury.
If you have a medical emergency call 9-1-1.
If your PCP is closed, you can walk into an Urgent or Emergency Care Clinic in the MAP or MAP Basic network without an appointment. Urgent care is for minor illnesses and emergency care is for major illnesses.
An urgent care center is an option for minor illnesses and injuries like:
- colds, flu, and allergies
- sore throats
- mild stomachache, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
- rashes and skin infections
- sprains and strains
- minor bone fractures
- pink eye or eye infections
- small cuts requiring stitches.
- painful urination
Urgent care centers can also do blood tests and X-rays. Many of these centers have evening and weekend hours with shorter wait times and cost less than emergency care.
A medical emergency can cause serious harm or death. Symptoms of medical emergencies in adults include:
- Accidents with severe bleeding or passing out
- Injury due to a serious car wreck
- Head or spine injury
- Uncontrolled bleeding
- Deep or large wound
- Burns or breathing in smoke caused by a fire
- Near drowning
- Swallowing a poisonous substance
- Severe abdominal pain
- Coughing or vomiting blood
- Any sudden or severe pain
- Feeling like harming yourself or others
- Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
- Chest pain or upper abdominal pain or pressure lasting more than two minutes
- Difficulty speaking
- Confusion or changes in mental status, acting different, difficulty waking
- Fainting, sudden dizziness, weakness
- Changes in vision
- Choking or trouble swallowing
- Severe vomiting or diarrhea lasting more than 24 hours