Your child is sick: urgent care or ER?

- It’s after 5 p.m. and your child isn’t feeling well. Most physicians’ offices are closed, but your child needs medical care. Where should you take them, to the emergency room (ER) or an urgent care?

Scott Miles, father of two rambunctious boys, Luke, 8 and Elliott, 6, has faced this decision on multiple occasions. Since he lives close to the Phoenix Children’s Urgent Care Center in Scottsdale, he always brings his boys there for after-hours medical attention. Scott says that in comparison to the ER, an urgent care is more convenient and less intimidating for his boys.

Chris A. Ramsook, MD, is the medical director who oversees all of the Phoenix Children’s Urgent Care Centers, which are specifically catered towards pediatric services. If your child has a broken bone, high fever, sore throat or generally isn’t feeling well, he recommends taking them to a Phoenix Children’s Urgent Care Center. There, children receive medical attention in the form of X-rays, lab work, physicals and other treatments. So, unless your child is experiencing a seizure, stroke or another major medical condition, the urgent care is the place to bring them.

Phoenix Children’s Urgent Care physicians have pediatric emergency department experience and are all part of the Phoenix Children’s Emergency Department staff. Visit one of their four convenient locations across the Valley, in Scottsdale, Mesa, Avondale and Glendale. Each location is open Monday – Friday, 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. and Saturday – Sunday, noon to 11 p.m. You can even check current wait times online. Your child's health is more than a 9-to-5 concern, and Phoenix Children's Urgent Care Centers are there to provide convenient medical attention during the hours kids need it most.

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