Urgent Care vs Emergent Care

1st Choice Urgent Care & Family Medicine is conveniently located, economical, no appointments are required, and the wait times are short.

The benefits of visiting an urgent care center are that it’s convenient and typically costs less. Extended hours are especially welcome for those days and hours that your primary doctor office is closed. But when faced with a medical problem that requires immediate care, it is often hard to determine if it is an emergency or if it is an urgent medical issue.


In general, an emergency condition is one that can permanently impair or endanger the life of an individual. Some conditions that require emergency medicine may include:

  • Compound fractures (broken bone through the skin)
  • Deep knife or gunshot wounds
  • Fevers in newborns
  • Poisoning
  • Seizures or loss of consciousness
  • Serious head, neck or back trauma
  • Severe abdominal pains
  • 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.



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

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

Bingham Memorial’s 1st Choice Urgent Care & Family Medicine provides convenient access to quality healthcare services. If you are faced with a situation and are not sure if you should visit us, call (208) 782-2410. Our friendly staff will help direct you.

Hours of Operation

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

Fri: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Sat. & Sun.: 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.


Riverside Plaza

1350 Parkway Dr.

Blackfoot, ID 83221


Medicare & Medicaid are accepted along with most insurance plans. Workers’ compensation services are also available.

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