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Types of healthcare in Yakima

3 places to get health and medical care in Yakima...

Where you go for your care matters

For most medical problems, you should go to your regular health care provider first. You get the best care because they know you and your medical history.  No matter where you go for care, be sure to bring a list of the current medications you are taking.

Doctor’s Office or Clinic

The best place to get care is a doctor’s office or clinic for common illnesses, minor injuries, and routine health exams. Your doctor can also help you manage your health over time. Usually open during regular business hours. May have some extended hours and weekend appointments.

You should make an appointment with your doctor’s office for:

  • Common illnesses such as colds, flu, ear aches, sore throats, migraines, fever or rashes
  • Minor injuries such as sprains, back pain, minor cuts and burns, minor broken bones, or minor eye injuries
  • Regular physicals, prescription refills, vaccinations, and screenings
  • A health problem where you need advice

Urgent or Convenient Care Clinics

When your doctor is not available, urgent or convenient care clinics provide attention for non-life threatening medical problems or problems that could become worse if you wait. Urgent or convenient care clinics often provide walk-in appointments and may be open seven days a week, 24 hours a day, or with extended hours. When your regular doctor or health care provider is not available, you should go to an urgent or convenient care clinic for:

  • Common illnesses such as colds, the flu, ear aches, sore throats, migraines, fever, rashes
  • Minor injuries such as sprains, back pain, minor cuts and burns, minor broken bones, or minor eye injuries

Hospital Emergency Rooms

You should use a hospital emergency room for very serious or life threatening  Emergency rooms are Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. 

Call 911 or get to your nearest hospital emergency room if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • 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 (not a migraine)
  • Seizures
  • High fevers
  • Any other condition you believe is life threatening

Hospital emergency rooms are not the place to go for common illnesses or minor injuries, learn more at Visiting the ER »

Information provided by the Washington State Hospital Association.  Washington State Medical Association and American College of Emergency Physicians; Washington Chapter.

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