Urgent Care vs ER

Urgent care clinics are designed to provide treatment for injuries or illnesses requiring immediate care, but not serious enough to require an ER visit. Pelican State Outpatient Center is equipped to treat non-life or limb threatening matters by use of on-site diagnostic equipment, including phlebotomy and x-ray. Our physicians are able to treat a broad spectrum of general medicine for minor illnesses or injuries as well as perform minor medical procedures. Emergency rooms are equipped to treat more serious illnesses and injuries like seizures, excessive bleeding, major trauma, obstetric complications, chest pain, severe head injuries with loss of consciousness etc.

While our physicians are experienced in treating a wide variety of conditions, they should not take the place of your primary care provider or PCP. Pelican State Outpatient Center is here to provide a convenient alternative when your primary physician is unavailable.

If you are having an emergency, please contact 911 or report to the nearest emergency room. Please be sure to never delay treatment from an emergency department.

Please understand, medical advice and time spent with a medical provider is not free, and your insurance company does not expect it to be either. If the medical provider has examined you and determined another form of treatment is necessary (emergency room or specialist) even if we are unable to treat the condition, you may still be charged for the office visit.