Urgent Care Center vs. Emergency Room: What's the Difference?

January 28, 2019

You’re cutting fruit and you accidentally slice your finger. The pain isn’t terrible, but the cut looks deep and is bleeding badly. Do you visit the ER at BSA Hospital or head to BSA’s Urgent Care Center?

When urgent medical care is needed, knowing where to go can be a life-saving decision.

BSA Urgent Care Center

BSA Urgent Care Center provides urgent treatment for common, non-life-threatening illnesses at a fraction of the cost of an ER. Slicing a finger while cutting fruit would most likely require a trip to the BSA Urgent Care Center. The BSA’s Urgent Care Center offers extended hours, convenient online check-in options, digital X-Ray and minor surgical capabilities.

BSA Urgent Care Center treats minor emergencies including:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Allergic reactions
  • Bladder infections
  • Bronchitis and Pneumonia
  • Colds and sore throats
  • Fever
  • Minor rashes, cuts, scrapes and burns
  • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
  • Sinus or ear infections
  • Sprains, strains and simple fractures
  • Strep or Flu

BSA Emergency Room

The BSA Emergency department is designed to handle life-threatening illnesses, conditions or injuries. Open 24 hours a day and seven days a week, the BSA Emergency offers life-saving support services including the Cardiac Cath Lab, Critical Care Unit, Surgical Operating Suites, Stroke Care and most advanced Laboratory in the region.

The BSA Emergency department offers treatment for life-threatening conditions including:

  • Broken bones or dislocated joints
  • Head or eye injuries
  • Heart attack or stroke
  • Large burns
  • Persistent vomiting or diarrhea
  • Seizures
  • Severe pain
  • Sudden testicular pain or swelling
  • Vaginal bleeding or complications during pregnancy

The BSA Urgent Care Center is located at 4510 Bell Street. To check-in online, click here. For more information, please click here. For more information about our Emergency Department at BSA, please click here.