When Should Bakersfield Residents Use a Local Urgent Care Center?

Life threatening crises, like a heart attack or a serious head injury, always demand either calling 911 or a trip to the hospital Emergency Room (ER). If you are in doubt about the seriousness of your situation, always go to the ER.

When to Use Urgent Care

Every year, millions of people go to the ER when they could have received quick and reliable care at a local urgent care center.

Urgent care centers are setup to help patients with injury or an illness that doesn’t seem to be life -threatening or are not able to wait until the next day for their primary care physician to see them.

Here are few conditions that can be treated at our Bakersfield Accelerated Urgent Care (AUC) centers:

  • Pneumonia
  • Stomach Flu
  • Cough And Colds
  • Fever
  • Allergies
  • Vomiting
  • Eye Infections
  • Bladder Infections
  • Urinary Tract Infections (utis)
  • Sinus Infections
  • Kidney Infections
  • Bee Stings
  • Dehydration
  • Nose Bleeds

In addition, AUC can treat individuals suffering from headaches, migraine headaches, tension headaches, anemia, diarrhea, gout, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), asthma, stomach pain, back pain, allergic reactions, and side effects from medication.

Accelerated Urgent Care also offers pediatric urgent care too, treating kids experiencing vomiting, asthma, sore throat, fever, abdominal pain, diarrhea, bronchiolitis, and ear pain.

Our Bakersfield Urgent Care Clinics provide medical care for injuries including whiplash, back pain, sprained ankles, broken bones, cuts and lacerations, fractures, sprains of the wrist, knee, shoulder, elbow, or hip. We can also treat injuries resulting from fall from less than seven feet, or from a crush incident.

AUC can also treat patients with an urgent illness or injury or skin conditions. We offer additional medical care services, including physical exams, vaccinations, diagnostic testing, and preventive screenings.

When to Call 911 or go to the ER

Here are few situations where you should go right to the hospital ER or call 911:

  • Consistent chest pain, especially it radiates to your own arm or jaw or is accompanied by perspiration, vomiting or shortness of breath.
  • Acute abdominal pain (especially if beginning midway down the back)
  • Severe shortness of breath or wheezing
  • Problem talking, mental confusion or an inability to communicate
  • Acute heart palpitations
  • Sudden and severe headache
  • Newborn baby having a temperature
  • Bleeding of the intestines
  • Having a fall while taking blood thinning drugs
  • Lack of eyesight
  • Deep cuts that need stitches
  • Intense influenza or cold symptoms
  • High fevers or temperatures with rash
  • Bleeding that will not cease or a big open wound
  • Continued vomiting
  • Seizures without an earlier diagnosis of epilepsy

If you have a chronic condition, like diabetes or hypertension, that could complicate your analysis and treatment you may also consider going to the hospital ER.

Always remember, go straight to the ER (or call 911) for life-threatening situations. However, if your situation does not seem life-threatening accessing one of our local Accelerated Urgent Care centers may be a great option.

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