For urgent but not emergency situations, you may want to take your child to one of our pediatric urgent care or extended-hours clinics. Because these locations do not treat serious life-threatening emergencies, your child may actually be seen sooner than in an emergency department where the most serious emergency is treated first.
Like a pediatric emergency department, a pediatric urgent care or extended-hours clinic has child-sized equipment and is staffed by pediatricians and pediatric nurses. Using these clinics is appropriate when your child has an urgent problem that is not life-threatening. This includes:
- Minor accidents and falls
- Bleeding and cuts
- High fever
- Vomiting, diarrhea and dehydration
- Sore throats and ear pain
In many cases, you can check the estimated wait time for Sutter Urgent Care locations online.