Emergency and Urgent Care

Our urgent care hours are 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. on weekdays
and 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. on weekends and major holidays.

Emergency, Urgent Care

By definition, an emergency is "a serious situation or occurrence that happens unexpectedly and demands immediate action."

That's why the Emergency Department at Black River Memorial Hospital is always open to meet your family's healthcare needs.

Here are a few examples of true emergency symptoms. You should call 9-1-1 or go to the ER immediately if you experience:

  • Severe bleeding
  • Chest pains
  • Spinal cord or back injury
  • Severe eye injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Shortness of breath
  • Stroke

But the ER isn't your only option when illness or injury strikes. Many other conditions such as fever, strep throat or ear infections do not need emergency care. These types of illness can be treated by our great urgent care team.

Other conditions when urgent care is more appropriate than emergency care include:

  • Minor lacerations
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Earaches
  • Sprains and strains
  • Rising fever
  • Coughs and colds
  • Sinus infections
  • Sore throat
  • Pink eye or conjunctivitis
  • Back pain

Medication Guidelines for Children

"I chose to work in the emergency room because you get the chance to see immediate improvement in patients. The best feeling is knowing a patient is alive because you were there to respond quickly to their needs."

Linda Olson, Employee Health Nurse - Infection Prevention


Antibiotics do not fight colds.

Learn about the proper use of antibiotics for your children at cdc.gov.

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