Choosing where to go for health care depends a lot on what you need care for and how sick or injured you are. This guide can help you get health care in the way that best fits your needs.
When to Seek Primary Care
Your primary care doctor should be your first call in non-emergency situations.
When to Seek Urgent Medical Advice or an Appointment
Contact your primary care team for urgent medical advice or an appointment. This is the best choice for treating minor illnesses and injuries.
Adult Primary Care: 773-702-6840
Pediatric Primary Care: 773-702-6169
*For infants less than 2 months old, call to talk to your doctor.
Get advice 24 hours a day and appointments during daytime hours.
- Abdominal pain
- Cough and congestion
- Ear pain
- Eye redness, discharge or itchiness
- Flu-like symptoms (general body aches and pains with fever)
- Painful urination
- Small cuts that may require stitches
- Sore throat
- Sprains and strains
- Throwing up or diarrhea (watery stools)
- Wheezing or shortness of breath
When to Seek Emergency Care
If you are dealing with a health emergency, call 911 or go the emergency room right away.
Emergency care is the right choice for treating conditions such as:
- Chest pain or difficulty breathing
- Pain in the left arm or the jaw
- Sudden weakness or dizziness
- Slurred speech
- Severe headache
- Weakness or numbness on one side of the face or body
- Loss of consciousness (passing out)
- Traumatic injuries
- Head or eye injury
- Serious burns
- Broken bones and dislocated joints
- Very bad cuts that may need stitches
- Fainting or change in mental state
- Shortness of breath
- Vaginal bleeding during pregnancy