Sick? Injured? Know Where to Go for Care

September 01, 2012

When you have a health problem, you may want to seek medical care right away. Here is how to tell whether you should visit the emergency room (ER) or if one of our Same-Day Walk-in Clinics is best for you.

When to go to the ER

For more serious or life-threatening issues such as the following, call 911 or go to the ER.

  • Chest pain or difficulty breathing
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Blurred vision
  • Numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg
  • Severe bleeding
  • A broken bone that punctures the skin

“We have protocols in place for providing immediate, life-saving care,” says Pino Colone, M.D., emergency medicine physician at Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital’s ER. “For heart attack and stroke patients, we can activate our teams while patients are in an ambulance and treat them within minutes of their arrival.”

When to visit a Same-Day Walk-in Clinic

Henry Ford Health System has Same-Day Walk-in Clinics in Detroit, Fairlane, Novi, Grosse Point Farms and Sterling Heights. “These clinics offer the same services as an urgent care facility, but for the price of a primary care visit,” says Richard Dryer, M.D., chief medical officer of primary care at Henry Ford Medical Group.

Same-Day Walk-in Clinics treat health issues such as:

  • Flu symptoms
  • Cough, sore throat and fever
  • Earache
  • Sprains and minor fractures
  • Deep cuts
  • Bladder infection

Going to the right place for your medical needs will put you on the road to recovery that much sooner.