Urgent care in Denver
When you or a loved one is experiencing severe pain or discomfort, it can be hard to tell if you should go to your primary care physician, an urgent care clinic or the emergency room. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, especially a potential heart attack or cardiac event, you should immediately go to your nearest emergency room, not an urgent care clinic.
Always call 911 when experiencing a medical emergency.
CareNow® Urgent Care
If you are in need of urgent care in Denver, Colorado, CareNow® has you covered. There are seven convenient CareNow® locations throughout the Denver area offering extended hours. Rose Medical Center and all Denver CareNow® locations are part of the HealthONE® network, meaning trusted, expert care is always close and convenient.Learn more about our Denver CareNow® locations.
What do urgent care clinics treat?
Urgent care clinics are excellent resources for treating every-day maladies and injuries when your primary care physician is unavailable. Remember, anything that might be considered life-threatening should be treated at the closest emergency room.
Should I see my physician, visit an urgent care clinic or go to the ER?
If you simply require care soon, and you are not experiencing a life-threatening condition, you can typically wait to be seen by your primary care physician. Conditions that can generally wait to be seen include:
- Sore throats
- Fevers that respond to fever-reducing medications
- Ankle sprains and other strains of muscles and joints
- Coughs and colds
- Abdominal pain or other symptoms that resemble an illness that is “going around”
- Sinus infections
- Pink eye
- Minor cuts and burns
When you need care quickly, but your condition is not serious enough for an emergency room visit, urgent care is the appropriate choice. Urgent care clinics, like CareNow®, are designed to treat patients whose illnesses or injuries do not present as life-threatening, but who cannot wait until a primary care physician can treat them.
Patients should choose to visit the nearest emergency room when they require immediate care or suspect their condition is life-threatening. Conditions requiring emergency care include:
- Chest pain lasting two minutes or more
- Uncontrolled bleeding
- Sudden or severe sprain
- Coughing or vomiting blood
- Difficulty breathing, shortness of breath or choking
- Sudden dizziness, weakness or change in vision
- Severe or persistent vomiting or diarrhea
- Change in mental status, like confusion
- Broken bone
- Severe allergic reaction
- Loss of consciousness
- Any concern where you feel a delay in care may have a significant impact on your health
If you are still uncertain about what care you need, review our guide on choosing between an ER and an urgent care clinic.