Knowing you have quick access to healthcare close to home can bring you peace of mind. HCA Houston Healthcare offers urgent care centers throughout Houston, so you always have convenient access to the care you need. Our urgent care centers are equipped to handle a number of minor illnesses and injuries, but if you are experiencing a medical emergency call 911 immediately.

Should I seek urgent care or emergency care?

Sometimes it can be a struggle to decide if you should go to the ER, go to an urgent care facility or wait to see your primary care physician. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911 or visit your closest emergency room. It can be hard to determine if your symptoms are that of a medical emergency. Here is a list to help simplify your decision:

Emergency room

  • Trouble breathing
  • Severe allergic reaction
  • Suspected heart attack
  • Suspected stroke
  • Broken bones
  • Severe burns
  • Head injuries
  • Concussions
  • Severe headache, dizziness,
  • Seizures
  • High fever, uncontrolled
    nausea or diarrhea
  • Coughing or vomiting blood
  • Blood in stool
  • Drug overdose
  • Alcohol poisoning

Urgent care

  • Care for minor injuries
    and illnesses
  • Cold, earaches, sore throat,
    mild fever
  • Flu
  • Sprains and strains
  • Simple bone and
    joint injuries
  • Cuts and scrapes in need
    of stitches
  • Bug bites, stings, poison ivy,
    hives or rashes
  • X-rays
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Sexually transmitted diseases

If your urgent condition turns into an emergency, you can rest assured knowing HCA Houston has 15 area hospitals standing by to treat you.

Urgent care services

Our urgent care facilities do much more than treat injuries and illnesses. We also provide routine medical care for your convenience. We offer:

  • Flu vaccinations
  • Pregnancy tests
  • EKGs
  • Meningitis Vaccinations
  • Pre-employment physicals
  • School physicals
  • Sports physicals

Occupational Medicine

Businesses in the greater Houston area can also utilize CareNow®’s occupational medicine services for employee drug testing, on-the-job injury care and medical screenings.


HCA Houston is proud to be affiliated with CareNow®, our very own network of urgent care centers. Our CareNow® facilities offer extended hours and free accommodations, including WiFi and coffee, while you wait. CareNow® offers Web-Check In® so you can avoid lengthy wait times. You can trust that CareNow® provides the same top-level, quality care that HCA is known for throughout the country.