“SHOULD I GO TO the emergency room or to immediate care?” This is a question many people ask when they are injured, ill or have a family member who needs medical treatment. With summer upon us, people are more active, and we are experiencing some extreme heat. Both are factors that can lead to increased injuries.
It is important to choose the right level of care. The Emergency Department is the right choice if you or a family member is experiencing a life-threatening illness or injury. You will want to go to the Emergency Department to treat:
Children should be brought to the Emergency Department if they are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
Call 911 if moving the injured or ill person will worsen their condition, if medical attention is needed sooner than the time it takes to get to the Emergency Department or if you are not able to safely transport the person to the Emergency Department. If possible, bring a list of medications and/or allergies for the patient. This can help the medical staff at the Emergency Department provide the best possible care.
Immediate Care clinics can treat non-emergency conditions that require same-day medical attention. Go to an Immediate or Urgent Care Clinic to treat:
Bonner General Health’s Immediate Care Clinic provides the following on-site services:
The Emergency Department at Bonner General Health is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It is located at 520 N. Third Avenue in Sandpoint. Call 208.263.1441 for more information. Bonner General Health Immediate Care, located at 400 Schweitzer Plaza Drive, Suite 1 in Ponderay, is open seven days a week for urgent- and minor-care needs. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9am to 7pm, and Saturday and Sunday, 11am to 7pm. No appointment is necessary. Call us at 208.263.0649 if you have questions or would like more information.