You likely didn’t plan to suffer through a workday with a sinus infection or cut your finger making dinner. But, you can be seen quickly for unexpected illness, infection or injury, at a time that fits your schedule. Urgent care is a convenient choice when your clinic is closed or you can’t get an appointment that fits your schedule.
Urgent care is open evenings, weekends and most holidays. No appointment is needed.
What it is
Urgent care treats you and your loved one – baby, child or adult – for most of the same non-life-threatening illnesses or injuries you would see your primary care provider for, on a walk-in basis. You do not need to be an Allina Health patient to be seen at urgent care.
Good for treating
Go to urgent care for non-life-threatening illness, infection or injury, such as:
- abdominal pain
- asthma or breathing trouble
- back pain
- burn, frostbite, sunburn
- cough, cold or flu symptoms
- cut or bruise
- ear pain
- eye irritation or injury, or minor changes in vision
- migraine and headache
- pink eye
- respiratory infection
- sinus infection
- skin infection
- sprain or bone break
- sore throat
- urinary tract infection
What to expect
Urgent care is offered on a walk-in basis. When visiting the urgent care, you will be seen in the order of arrival and seriousness of your condition. Your wait time will depend on the severity of your needs and the number of other patients at that urgent care location.
You do not need to be an Allina Health patient to be seen at urgent care. Everyone, from babies to mature adults can be seen.
All major health plans are accepted. Your insurance provider will be able to tell you your copayment, what is and isn’t covered under your plan, and how much you will be responsible for paying out-of-pocket.
Good to know
You may find yourself in situations where you are unsure where to go for health care. Here is a basic rule of thumb to help you decide the right place to get care. Go to:
- the nearest emergency department (ED) or call 911 if you have any signs or symptoms of a life-threatening condition – emergency departments are open 24/7
- urgent care for non-life-threatening illness, infection or injury, when your clinic is closed or you can’t get a convenient appointment
- Everyday Clinics for a less expensive option for the treatment of minor illness, injury or skin issues
- primary care clinic for scheduled appointments including physicals (annual, sports and return to work), preventive care, ongoing care and treatment for chronic conditions
- Everyday Online a less expensive option for the treatment of a variety of common everyday conditions virtually, when you don’t want to travel to a health care setting or you can't get a convenient appointment
If you are already an Allina Health patient, our urgent care providers will be able to access your health record. Your Allina Health primary care provider will be kept up-to-date on the urgent care received via your electronic health record.
Source: Allina Health Urgent Care and Allina Health Patient Education
Reviewed by: Paul Reicho, MD
First published: 2/24/2012
Last reviewed: 1/12/2017