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Emergency (ER) vs. Urgent Care

Prairie Tokki LV 10 21-11-07 611

Winnipeg has both emergency (ER) and urgent care centres. Both are open 24/7 every day of the year. Both have doctors and nurses to help treat you.

 

To see which hospitals provide emergency care (ER) and which hospitals provide urgent care, click here. If you have a serious health emergency always call 911!

 

Emergency Care (ER)

If you have a life-threatening health problem then you should go to emergency care.

 

Health problems where you should go to emergency care (ER):

  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Major trauma
  • Severe head injury
  • Loss of limb in an accident
  • Severe difficulty breathing (due to an allergic reaction or another cause)
  • Sexual assault
  • Domestic violence
  • Severe bleeding
  • Any time a person is unconscious

 

Urgent Care

If you have an important health problem that's not life-threatening, but needs to be dealt with immediately, then you should go to urgent care.

 

Health problems where you should go to urgent care:

  • Fever or flu symptoms
  • Fractures or sprains
  • Minor burns
  • Headaches, earaches
  • Nosebleeds
  • Rashes
  • Sore throat
  • Urinary problems
  • Vomiting

 

 

If you just have a minor illness and need help, then you should go to a clinic.

 

If you are still not sure where to go then call the 24-hour Health Links helpline at 204-788-8200, or toll-free at 1-888-315-9257.

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