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Emergency vs. urgent care: The ER isn’t for everything

Knowing where to go can save you money.

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WORTHINGTON — Parents know the sound: A loud noise from a nearby room immediately followed by a scream from a child in pain. The subsequent rush to the youngster’s side.

These moments can be confusing for parents, consoling an injured child and trying to figure out what to do.

In the past, instincts and old habits may have led to a costly trip to the emergency room. But families near a Sanford Health location today have a convenient option in case of slips and falls and bumps and bruises that can happen to people of all ages.

Advanced medical care is accessible — even outside regular clinic hours — through walk-in clinics, also called urgent care and acute care. It’s the type of care Sanford Health Walk-in Clinics specialize in.

Some things are true emergencies. In those cases, know that all Sanford Emergency Centers have trained specialists on call 24 hours every day to offer the region’s highest level of trauma care.


How do you know where to go? Check this list of common illnesses, injuries and other conditions and where to get the care you need.

Call 911 or go to the nearest ER for:

  • Allergic reactions

  • Broken bones

  • Chest pain

  • Deep wounds

  • Difficulty speaking

  • Heart palpitations

  • Head trauma

  • Heat illness

  • Heavy bleeding

  • Fever above 104°

  • Numbness

  • Overdose

  • Seizure

  • Severe pain or headache

  • Shortness of breath

Sanford Worthington Medical Center is open 24/7 at 1018 Sixth Ave., Worthington.
Go to a walk-in clinic for:

  • Body aches

  • Cold

  • Cough

  • Dizziness

  • Diarrhea

  • Earache

  • Fever

  • Minor asthma attack

  • Minor burn

  • Minor injuries

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Rash

  • Sore throat

  • Sprain

  • Urinary tract infection

Sanford Worthington Clinic is open 7 days a week at 1680 Diagonal Rd., Worthington. Clinic Hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday; 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.
Sanford Worthington Clinic will close at 2 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and will be closed New Year’s Day.

Still unsure where to go? Call My Sanford Nurse at 1-800-445-5788

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