Emergency Rooms are for Life Threatening Emergencies!
If you take your child to the emergency room when his/her medical condition is not a true emergency, you will have an extensive wait time. This is because every patient is triaged and if you’re not that sick or injured you are given less priority. Emergency departments are filled with patients of all ages with serious life threatening conditions that take priority over those who do not have an emergency.
If you are unsure if your child's condition is an emergency,
please call us at 910-276-7570.
We have same day appointments available for sick patients. If your child needs to be seen quickly, you can bring them to our walk in sick clinic Monday-Friday from 8am-10am. Please call for an appointment if you can not come to the walk in clinic. We are open on weekends. If your child is sick on a weekend, please call at 9am for an appointment. We strive to accommodate your child's medical needs.
If the problem is not life threatening or disabling, call us first.
Some examples of when your child should see their pediatrician include but are not limited to: colds, flu, earaches, sore throats, headaches, fevers, rashes, bruises, sprains, minor cuts & burns, minor broken bones & eye injuries.
Reasons to go to the emergency room include but are not limited to: bleeding that can't be stopped, deep wounds, serious burns, choking, your child has stopped breathing or turning blue, seizures lasting more than 3-5 minutes, severe chest pains, visible broken bones, etc.
We have a doctor on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!
Unless you have a true emergency, do not go to the emergency room!
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