Emergency or Not?
There are times when you know you need to go to a hospital emergency department for medical care: you are experiencing symptoms of a heart attack or there has been an accident or fall, for example. Other times, it can be more difficult to decide whether to go the emergency department, seek out an urgent care center or see your primary care physician.
If you are unsure about where to go for care, you should contact your primary care physician for advice immediately. If you do not have a primary care physician, please contact Saguaro Physicians at 324-4SPG or visit the website Office Locations.
If you are having an emergency, please know that the TMC Emergency Department and TMC Pediatric Emergency Department are available for you 24/7. TMC is on the corner of Grant and Craycroft roads at 5301 E. Grant Road.
When to Call 9-1-1
When you or someone you know has a life-threatening injury or medical condition, call 9-1-1 immediately. Do not try to drive yourself, or anyone else, to the hospital if the condition appears serious. Paramedics who respond to 9-1-1 emergency calls are specifically trained to stabilize emergency patients and coordinate their care with the most appropriate hospital emergency department for treatment.
Life-threatening medical conditions that warrant calling 9-1-1 include, but are not limited to:
- Chest pain
- Shortness of breath
- Stroke symptoms, including dizziness, weakness on one side, slurred speech or sudden onset of paralysis
- Severe abdominal pain, especially after an injury
- Uncontrollable bleeding
- Blunt head trauma or a penetrating wound to the head
- Confusion or loss of consciousness, especially after a head injury
- Neck injury
- Poisoning or suspected drug overdose
- Venomous snake bites
- Bites from scorpion stings or poisonous spiders, such as black widows or brown recluses—particularly in the case of small children, the elderly or anyone with a suppressed immune system.
- Serious burns or cuts
- Broken bones
Physician Office Visits
Colds, minor flu symptoms, chronic conditions and prescription refills are situations that usually can be addressed by visiting your physician during office hours or urgent care if the condition worsens after hours.
- Ear infections
- Urinary tract infections