It’s 7 p.m. on a Friday night and your child goes to you complaining of a sore throat. You don’t want to wait until the next day, but you don’t think it’s an emergency. Now what?

In an emergency, don’t wait to go to the emergency room. But, if your child doesn’t have life-threatening symptoms, an urgent care center can be more convenient and the right choice for your family.

Cook Children’s Urgent Care Center – Fort Worth is the place to visit for non-emergent situations. The urgent care center  at 800 7th Avenue in Fort Worth, just across the street from Cook Children’s Medical Center.  

The urgent care center will help alleviate wait times in the emergency department and also provide families with access to non-emergent care after hours. Cook Children’s will have an expert, pediatric-trained staff for patients from birth to 21 years of age, 7 days a week and opened 24 hours a day. The phone number for the urgent care center is 682-885-8012.

As the opening of the new urgent care center nears, it’s important for parents to be informed on when they should take their child to the urgent care center, in hopes of easing the demand on the Emergency Department. The following lists should identify those differences for parents:

When to use Cook Children’s Urgent Care

Urgent care situations are illnesses or injuries that need medical attention. Examples include:

  • Ear infections/pain
  • Strep/sore throats
  • Cold symptoms
  • Flu
  • Mild dehydration
  • Respiratory illnesses – including respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), bronchitis, bronchiolitis, pneumonia and asthma without severe breathing difficulty
  • Sprains and possibly broken bones
  • Minor cuts
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Infected bug bites
  • Foreign body removal (marbles, beans and other interesting things)
  • Urinary infection symptoms
  • Pinworms, ringworm, rashes and pink eye
  • Painful muscle strains
  • Head injuries without loss of consciousness or vomiting

 When to use the Cook Children’s Emergency Department

An emergency is a medical problem that could cause death or permanent injury if not treated right away, such as:

  • Severe bleeding that does not stop after 15 minutes of direct pressure
  • Severe allergic reactions and/or breathing problems
  • Coughing up or vomiting blood
  • Sudden severe joint pain with swelling
  • Insect stings accompanied by breathing difficulties
  • Swallowing poison or choking
  • Not being able to move or speak
  • Severe or persistent vomiting or diarrhea
  • Gaping wound (edges won’t come together)
  • Head injury with loss of consciousness, vomiting or causing dizziness/confusion
  • Obviously broken bones or dislocated joints
  • Fever in infants under 8 weeks old and under
  • Diabetes/blood sugar issues

Cook Children’s also has an Urgent Care in Hurst and Southlake. Learn more here.

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