Need fast and effective care for serious injury or illness in the greater Nashua area? St. Joseph Hospital offers 24-hour emergency services with short wait times.
Surgeons and anesthesiologists are always at the ready, and our language interpreter services meet the needs of all families.
In an emergency situation, always call 9-1-1. In addition, the Northern New England Poison Control Center can be reached toll-free at 1-800-222-1222.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, only one family member or friend is allowed with the patient, and they must wear a mask at all times. Thank you for your cooperation.
November 9, 2021
Should You Go to the ER or Urgent Care? How to Decide.
Written by Michelle Martin for St. Joseph Hospital
Dr. James Martin worked in emergency medicine for 25 years before moving to urgent care. Now Medical Director at St. Joseph Hospital Urgent Care in Milford, NH, he often sees patients who aren’t sure when they should visit an urgent care or make a trip to the emergency department.
He also is seeing more patients who are going to urgent care instead of the ED because they believe their condition can be checked out quickly.
“I’ve been on both sides (emergency medicine and urgent care) and this is becoming more common,” he said. “Patients might come into urgent care saying, ‘I can’t move my right arm,’ but they don’t think it could be a stroke. Or they’ll say they don’t want to go to the emergency department because they are worried about COVID.”
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