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Sometimes it’s hard to know where to go when you are dealing with an illness or injury. With so many options for care— emergency centers, urgent cares, retail minor emergency centers and primary care offices — knowing which one to turn to can save you precious time and get you back on the fast track to wellness.

Freestanding emergency centers are a fairly new concept and can often be mistaken for urgent care facilities. Urgent care centers are great for after-hours care of minor illnesses that can’t wait for a morning appointment with a primary care doctor. They’re best for things like broken bones and high fevers. The copays and out of pocket expenses for urgent cares are typically less than what you find at an emergency care center. However, for those times when you need a facility that is open 24/7 and offers a higher level of care to deal with an emergency situation, a St. David’s Emergency Center is your best choice.

Look below to see examples of when to head to an urgent care versus when you really need to go to an emergency center. As always, if you have any doubt, are in serious condition or cannot drive, your safest course of action is to call 911.

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St. David’s Emergency Center is a convenient, trusted option for care. The St. David’s Emergency Center in Bastrop is located at 3201 Hwy 71, East Bastrop, TX 78602. Click here to find which St. David’s HealthCare emergency center is nearest you.


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