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Acute Care or ER

Where should you go?

When you’re sick or injured, you have options for your care: Physician clinic, acute care or the emergency room. 

These options exist to help you receive the best, most appropriate care for your specific medical needs, but they are not interchangeable. Each option serves a different purpose, so it’s important to understand where to go when you need help or assistance.

When to visit the clinic
Experts at Sanford Aberdeen Clinic are ready to care for routine health care needs for the entire family, as well as chronic conditions like diabetes, hypertension and joint pain. 

The clinic is open regular office hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Future and same-day appointments are both an option at the clinic.

When to visit Acute Care
Sanford Aberdeen understands illness and injury can strike at any time. Acute Care is the perfect option for non-emergent, non-chronic medical needs that happen after regular office hours. Patients are typically seen on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Acute Care is open Monday through Friday, 4 to 8 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Conditions treated include:

  • Sore throat
  • Earache/sinus
  • Cough/cold/flu symptoms
  • Respiratory infection
  • Sprain or strain
  • Pink eye
  • Small cuts

When to visit the ER
Sanford Aberdeen provides 24-hour care for potentially life-threatening emergencies at our ER. Go directly to the ER or call 911 for:

  • Pain in the chest, arm or jaw
  • Coughing or throwing up blood
  • Deep wound or heavy bleeding
  • Severe pain anywhere on the body
  • Severe allergic reaction with trouble breathing, swelling or hives
  • Suddenly unable to speak, see, walk or move
  • Sudden weakness or drooping on one side of the body
  • Suspected broken bones
  • Head injury with or without loss of consciousness
  • Seizure
  • Shortness of breath

For more information on the different kinds of services we provide at Sanford Aberdeen, call (605) 226-5500.