Should I Go to a Convenient Care Clinic or Urgent Care?

Although your primary care physician should be the one you turn to when you have medical issues, there are occasions-such as after hours, or on the weekend–when visiting a convenient care or urgent care clinic can be beneficial. For those times Augusta Health’s urgent and convenient care clinics are available to treat you.

If you have an after-hours injury, you may ask yourself: Where should I go, to the convenient care or urgent care clinic? Consider this: For less serious issues, go to a convenient care clinic. Ailments that are minor or simple to treat are generally appropriate for a convenient care clinic. These include rashes, ear infections or sunburns.

Comparatively, urgent care visits should be for longer or more in-depth issues, for example, problems such as broken bones or the flu should be taken to an urgent care clinic, rather than a convenient care clinic. Urgent Care Clinics are equipped to do diagnostic testing and x-rays, place sutures and even give IV drips.

What are your Symptoms?

If you are not sure where you should head with your medical issue, consult the chart below for some common injuries generally treated at urgent and convenient care clinics:

Go to Convenient Care if you have:
  • Rash
  • Urinary Tract infection
  • Ear infection
  • Upper respiratory infection
  • Cold
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Sports/camp physical
  • Sunburn
  • Insect bite
Go to Urgent Care if you have:
  • Flu
  • Accidental injuries
  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Broken bones
  • Lacerations
  • Contusions
  • Work-related injuries
  • Fever

Augusta Health Locations

Urgent Care Locations:
Open Monday – Sunday  8 AM – 7 PM

  • Staunton – 851 Statler Blvd
  • Waynesboro – 201 Lew Dewitt Blvd.
  • Stuarts Draft – 2570 Stuarts Draft Highway

Convenient Care Locations:
Open Monday – Friday 10 AM – 7 PM and Saturday and Sunday – 10 AM – 5 PM

  • Crozet – 540 Radford Lane Ste 250  NEW!
  • Staunton Walmart – 1028 Richmond Ave. C
  • Waynesboro Walmart – 116 Lucy Lane

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