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Convenient Care Vs Emergency Care

Convenient Care Vs. Emergency Care

The right choice makes a difference

Convenient Care Locations

St. Margaret’s Center for Family Health
1916 North Main Street, Princeton
815-915-8748
Monday – Friday: 8:00am – 9:00pm
Saturdays: 9:00am – 2:00pm

St. Margaret’s Midtown Health Center
1650 Midtown Road, Peru
815-223-6843
Monday – Friday: 8:00am – 9:00pm
Weekends & Holidays: 9:00am – 1:00pm

When to use Convenient Care?

Convenient Care offers patients health care for minor, non-emergent injuries and illnesses. Some of the benefits that come with Convenient Care include:

  • Appointment-Free
  • Economical
  • Short Wait Times
  • Convenient Hours
  • Access to Basic Laboratory Testing and X-Rays

Conditions treated at Convenient Care:

  • Allergies
  • Athlete’s Foot and Ring Worm
  • Bladder Infections
  • Bug Bites
  • Cold Sores
  • Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)
  • Coughs and Congestion (Cold Symptoms)
  • Diarrhea
  • Earaches
  • Fever
  • Minor Cuts (That May Need a Few Stitches)
  • Minor Injuries
  • Mild Vomiting/Flu Symptoms
  • Physicals
  • Rashes (Poison Ivy, etc.)
  • Sinus Infections
  • Sore Throat (Strep Testing Available)
  • And More

Note: If greater care is needed, our staff will direct patients to the appropriate healthcare provider. In a true emergency, we will transfer patients directly to the ER.

Emergency Care Location

St. Margaret’s Hospital
600 East First Street, Spring Valley
815-663-5981

What is Considered an Emergency?

When you need immediate medical treatment for serious illnesses and injuries, CALL 911. Symptoms that require Emergency Care include:

Symptoms of a Heart Attack:

  • Chest Discomfort
  • Discomfort in Other Areas of the Upper Body (Such as in One or Both Arms, the Back, Neck, Jaw, or Stomach)
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Other Signs May Include Breaking Out in a Cold Sweat, Nausea, or Lightheadedness

Symptoms of a Stroke:

  • Drooping or Numbness of One Side of the Face
  • Weakness in One Arm
  • Speech Difficulty or Slurred Speech

Other Urgent Symptoms:

  • Severe/Sudden Onset of Headache
  • Severe Abdominal Pain
  • Difficulty Walking
  • Head, Neck, or Back Injury
  • Fracture
  • Deep or Large Wound
  • Large Burn
  • Poisoning
  • Pregnancy-Related Problem
  • Convulsions or Seizure
  • Coughing Up or Vomiting Blood
  • Sudden or Unexplained Loss or Altered State of Consciousness
  • High Fever with Stiff Neck, Mental Confusion, or Difficulty Breathing
  • Infants Under 8 Weeks with a Fever