Young man calling a doctor

Is this an emergency?

Immediate Care Center vs. Emergency Rooms

You have a medical disaster or illness that just can’t wait. Maybe your doctor’s office can’t fit you in today, or this goes above and beyond a traditional appointment.

You have some healthcare options. You can check in at one of the Medical Group of the Carolinas’ Immediate Care Centers, which combines urgent care and traditional care from a physician’s office, or you can head to the nearest emergency center.

How do you know which to choose?

Immediate Care Centers

Head to the immediate care for non-life-threatening cases, such as:

  • Cough, cold or sore throat
  • Earaches
  • Flu symptoms
  • Mild asthma or allergies
  • Mild cuts, bumps or scrapes
  • Sinus infections
  • Sports physicals
  • Stomachaches, diarrhea or vomiting
  • Treatment of broken bones
  • Twisted or sprained ankles

If you are in need of an immediate care center, visit them at:

Immediate Care Center—Pelham
3611 Pelham Road
Greenville, SC 29615

Immediate Care Center—Eastside
1200 E. Main St., Suite 12
Spartanburg, SC 29307

Immediate Care Center—Westside
151 Peachwood Centre Drive
Spartanburg, SC 29301


Go to the emergency room for life-threatening situations and serious symptoms, such as:

  • Chest pain
  • Numbness or weakness in the face, arm or legs
  • Choking or severe breathing problems
  • Coughing up or vomiting blood
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Sudden dizziness, weakness or blurred vision
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Deep cuts
  • Severe burns

Call 9-1-1, especially for stroke and heart attack symptoms.

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