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Need care? Choose your best option

Help is always nearby at Lake Regional Health System, but which should you choose: your family doctor, Express Care or the Emergency Department? Here's how to know.

Primary care

Open weekdays

Contact your primary care office first for nonemergency ailments and injuries. Your primary care provider has records of your medical history throughout the years and is likely to be the person with the best understanding of treatments and medications that work for you.

But when your primary care provider isn't available, it's still important to get the care you need, when you need it. In that case, our Express Care team members are here for you.

Express Care

Open daily

Express Care is similar to a primary care clinic, but care is available on a walk-in basis.

For issues that are not life-threatening, such as fevers, colds, stomachaches, allergies, migraines and rashes, Express Care is a great option, especially after hours or on weekends.

Minor injuries treated include sprains, minor fractures, minor cuts and mild burns.

Express Care clinics treat patients 3 months of age and older and do not require you to be an established patient.

Emergency Department

Open 24/7

Lake Regional Emergency Department offers 24/7 time-critical care for trauma, stroke and heart attack patients, among other life-threatening conditions. In addition to specially trained staff, Lake Regional's Emergency Department provides access to specialized care, emergency surgical services and our state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization lab.

Always seek emergency care for:

  • Chest pain or heart attack
  • Stroke symptoms
  • Diabetes emergencies
  • Major broken bones (dislocation or obvious deformity)
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Uncontrolled nausea or vomiting
  • Choking
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Uncontrolled bleeding
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Seizures
  • Drug overdose
  • Head injury
  • Severe headache
  • Poisoning

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