When an emergency happens, it is reassuring to know that expert care is immediately available. That’s why our network includes 64 urgent care clinics and 21 emergency departments between Bellingham and Olympia.
Call 9-1-1 if you are having, or may be having, a life-threatening emergency. For other medical issues, you can contact your primary care provider or clinic. You can also contact the UW Medicine Community Care Line at 206.744.2500 for advice from registered nurses. If you’re still uncertain about your condition, or whether you are experiencing a medical emergency, it’s often best to visit an emergency department for an evaluation. The emergency department is always available for your emergency care needs.
When your primary healthcare provider is not available, Urgent Care Clinics can provide attention for life threatening medical problems or issues that could become worse without treatment. These clinics can provide primary care for minor illnesses or injuries, but unlike your primary care provider, they cannot provide continuity of care. Urgent Care Clinics are usually open for extended evening hours and on weekends.
You should use a hospital emergency department for anything you think might be serious or life-threatening. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, do not wait. Call 9-1-1 for help getting you to a hospital as quickly as possible.