How Do I Know If I Need to See Urgent Care or Emergency Services?

If you need immediate medical attention, your first thought might be to go directly to the emergency room. However there are certain situations (e.g., when your condition isn’t serious or life-threatening) you may want to consider urgent care. Urgent care is equipped to handle a comprehensive list of medical services, and it won’t be as costly as a hospital emergency room. Emergency room services can be very expensive, costing an average of 85% or more per visit as compared to urgent care.

We want you to be as informed as possible about your local medical choices. The Star Valley Medical Center urgent care staff is experienced and ready to help you feel better in our nearby state-of-the-art facility.

Do I need urgent care or emergency services?

Here is an easy way to tell whether your sudden illness or injury requires emergency services or urgent care: if you are suffering with a medical condition you would normally address with your primary doctor, urgent care is probably right for you. Emergency services should be reserved for only the most serious, often life-threatening medical issues.

If you find yourself in an urgent situation but are unsure which option is right, take a look at the conditions below commonly treated at urgent care facilities:

  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Cold, flu or fever
  • Earache & ear infection
  • Sprains, strains & fractures
  • Animal & insect bites
  • Cuts, bruises & minor burns
  • Splinters & foreign body removal
  • Bladder infections
  • Rash
  • Minor work-related injuries
  • Minor sports-related injuries

We want everyone who lives in and enjoys our community to be as healthy as possible. So, in addition to providing urgent medical services, we also offer routine services. These are especially helpful for visitors. Here are the routine services we provide at our urgent care facility:

  • Family care for acute or chronic illness
  • X-ray and laboratory services
  • Minor surgical procedures
  • Worker’s compensation injuries

When you need prompt, high-quality, compassionate care, remember there is urgent care near you in Afton or Alpine. For more information or to ask us a question, call 307-885-5700 (Afton) or 307-654-5700 (Alpine).