From Urgent Care Centers to Walk-In Clinics, Which One is Right for You?


Castleview Hospital Press Release

From urgent care centers to trips to the family doctor or emergency room visits – there are more healthcare options to choose from than ever before. And while having more choices is definitely a plus, Castleview Hospital realizes that it also can be confusing when it comes to selecting the right option at the right time.

“Knowing who to call or where to go is critical in ensuring the ongoing health and well-being of our communities,” said Mark Holyoak, chief executive officer of Castleview Hospital. “At Castleview, our mission is making communities healthier, and one way we can do that is to ensure that our community members know where to go to get the care they need.”

Urgent Care Centers

Similar to walk-in clinics, urgent care centers offer quick and effective care for minor injuries or illnesses that need urgent attention. They can also offer more enhanced services such as x-rays. Individuals might choose urgent care facilities for:

  • minor cuts, burns and wounds
  • minor eye injuries, infections or irritations
  • severe cold & flu symptoms
  • sprains or simple fractures
  • muscle aches & pains
  • persistent fever
  • severe earaches
  • upset stomach
  • other non-life threatening but urgent needs

Castleview Hospital is affiliated with Castleview Urgent Care, located at 317 East 100 North, Price, UT and Emery Medical Center, located at 90 W. Main Street, Castle Dale, UT. 

Primary Care

Primary care refers to a person’s regular physician or physician group – it’s where someone might go when sick or in need of preventive care such as an annual physical or wellness check. Typically, people visit primary care doctors for:

  • annual exams and screenings
  • immunizations
  • chronic disease
  • prenatal care
  • earaches
  • colds
  • fevers
  • non-urgent healthcare needs
  • allergies

Any person without a primary care physician can search Castleview Hospital’s Physician Finder or call 1-800-424-DOCS to find the right doctor.

Emergency Room Care

Emergency room visits should be reserved for immediate situations that, if not treated immediately, could result in the loss of life or a limb. These may include:

  • symptoms of heart disease such as chest pain or severe shortness of breath
  • warning signs of stroke such as numbness in the face, arms and legs
  • severe bleeding or bleeding that doesn’t stop
  • automobile or industrial accident
  • poisoning
  • complicated bone fractures
  • major illness
  • head injuries
  • suicide attempts or thoughts

It is important to remember that the emergency room is for emergencies only. Anyone experiencing or witnessing any of the above or any other potentially life-threatening medical condition should call 911 or visit the nearest emergency room immediately.

Castleview Hospital recently earned Chest Pain Accreditation for its ability to deliver potentially life-saving emergency heart care. Castleview Hospital has also recently earned their Stroke Awareness Accreditation and continuously earns high satisfaction marks from patients who have recently visited the Emergency Department.

“At Castleview Hospital, we are genuinely honored that our community members continuously choose us for their healthcare needs,” said Mark Holyoak. “We encourage individuals with questions about their healthcare needs to call the hospital so that we can make sure they get the answers they need and find the care that’s right for them.”

To learn more about Castleview Hospital’s offerings, call (435) 637-4800 or visit

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