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Urgent care

Care when you need it. Urgent care is an alternative to the emergency room for non-life-threatening medical issues such as the flu, pink eye, rash, sore throat, urinary tract infections, or a cold.

What are my options when I need urgent care? 

Urgent care is available for non-life-threatening medical problems or issues such as colds, flu, pink eye, rash, sore throat, and urinary tract infections. Within the UW Medicine Accountable Care Network, you have these options for urgent care:

24-Hour Nurse Care Line

You can also speak with a registered nurse 24 hours a day, seven days a week and get immediate, professional advice on health questions. Our nurses can help you decide whether you need to see a doctor, go to an urgent care clinic or emergency room or care for yourself at home. Call 888.402.4237 to speak with one of our nurses now.

Urgent care clinics

Urgent care centers provide in-person care for minor illnesses or injuries. Each urgent care center has unique hours but many offer evening and weekend hours.

Our house call service through DispatchHealth can treat many acute illnesses and injuries. Available throughout most of the Puget Sound and Spokane area.

Indigo offers 40+ neighborhood walk-in clinics throughout the Puget Sound and Spokane area treating most minor illnesses and injuries.

Access exceptional care at UW Medicine urgent care clinics in Ballard, Issaquah, Mountlake Terrace, and Ravenna.  

Trios Urgent Care in Kennewick is an affordable and convenient way to receive quality treatment when your doctor is unavailable.

Skagit Regional Health provides expert clinical services with at Urgent Care clinic locations in Arlington and Mt. Vernon.

When illness and injury occur, Mary Bridge Children’s pediatric urgent care is here to help. Locations in Olympia, Puyallup, and Gig Harbor.

We offer Urgent Care at locations in Bellevue, Everett, Federal Way, and Seattle to children and teens up until their 21st birthday.

Lourdes Urgent Care in Pasco is an affordable and convenient way to receive quality treatment when you or a family member has a minor illness or injury.

When should I go to a hospital emergency department?

You should use a hospital emergency department for anything that might be serious or life-threatening. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, do not wait. Call 9-1-1 for help in getting you to a hospital as quickly as possible.

  • Chest pain
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Coughing or vomiting blood
  • Severe burns
  • Deep cuts or bleeding that won’t stop
  • Sudden blurred vision
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Sudden dizziness, weakness, or loss of coordination or balance
  • Numbness in the face, arm, or leg
  • Sudden, severe headache
  • Seizures
  • High fevers
  • Any other condition you believe is life-threatening

Emergency departments are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.