Urgent care or the emergency room?

If you have a problem that is not life-threatening or leads to risk of disability, but you are concerned and you cannot see your doctor soon enough, go to the UF Health Leesburg Hospital Urgent Care Center. Our urgent care center can treat:

  • Colds, cough, and sore throat
  • Mild asthma
  • Suspected bone fractures
  • Sprains and strains
  • Minor cuts, burns and rashes
  • Ear, sinus, or urinary tract infections
  • Eye infections and minor eye injuries
  • Migraines

Generally, an emergency is a condition that may threaten an individual’s life or cause impairment. If your medical problem is life-threatening, call 911 immediately and care will be provided at the nearest emergency room. However, ER visits should be reserved for true emergencies, such as life-threatening accidents or chest pain. A visit to the ER without an actual emergency can be costly and inefficient, and detract medical care from individuals who truly need emergency care. Common situations needing emergency care include:

  • Numbness or paralysis of face, arms, or legs
  • Sudden slurred speech, visual changes, or weakness
  • Head injury or sudden severe headache 
  • Seizure or loss of consciousness 
  • Suicidal feelings
  • Difficulty breathing or severe shortness of breath
  • Persistent chest or abdominal pain or pressure
  • Poisoning or suspected overdose
  • Uncontrollable bleeding
  • Major fractures or burns