ER or Urgent Care?

Jan 02, 2023Health Focus

Which one should you go to?

When faced with a medical problem that requires immediate care, it’s often hard to determine if it’s an emergency or an urgent medical issue. Use these tips to get you pointed in the right direction.

When to visit the ER

In general, an emergency condition is one that can permanently impair or endanger the life of an individual. Some conditions that require a trip to the emergency room (open 24 hours in Blackfoot!) may include:

  • Compound fractures (broken bone through the skin)
  • Deep knife or gunshot wounds
  • Eye injury
  • High fever
  • Poisoning
  • Seizures or loss of consciousness
  • Serious head, neck or back injury
  • Severe abdominal pains
  • Severe burns
  • Severe chest pain or difficulty breathing
  • Signs of stroke or heart attack

Dial 911 immediately for any medical problem that appears to be life-threatening.

BMH Emergency Room

98 Poplar Str.

Blackfoot, ID 83221

(208) 785-4100

Open 24 hours a day

When to visit Urgent Care

Conditions that are not considered emergencies but still require care within 24 hours may be considered urgent medical conditions. Some examples include:

  • Allergic reactions
  • Breaks and minor broken bones & fractures
  • Ear infections
  • Eye irritation & redness
  • Fever or flu symptoms
  • Injuries from accidents & falls
  • Mild fevers
  • Respiratory illnesses
  • Sinus infections
  • Skin rashes & infections
  • Sore throat or cough
  • Sprains & strains
  • Stitches
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Vomiting or diarrhea

We’ve Got You Covered!

However, even when all attempts for safety are made, accidents can happen.

If you are a loved one need medical care that does not require a trip to the ER, all of our urgent cares throughout Eastern Idaho are currently open. However, for non-emergent situations, Bingham Healthcare has four urgent cares at the following locations:


1st Choice Urgent Care & Family Medicine

Riverside Plaza (across from McDonald’s)

1350 Parkway Dr.

Blackfoot, ID 83221

(208) 782-2410


Ammon Medical & Urgent Care

3456 E. 17th St., Suite 125

(located near the corner of 17th St. and Ammon Rd.)

Ammon, ID 83406

(208) 529-2828


1st Choice Urgent Care – Bannock Highway

1595 Bannock Highway

Pocatello, ID 83204

(208) 239-6511

1st Choice Urgent Care

850 Yellowstone Ave.

Pocatello, ID 83201

(208) 239-8065


275 West Locust

Shelley, ID 83274

P: (208) 357-3960

All Urgent Cares Hours of Operation

Mon. to Fri.: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Sat. & Sun.: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Learn more when to visit our ER or an Urgent Care with this simple guide.

Our content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.