PMC ExpressCare is for adults and children (over age 2) with non-emergent conditions.
Porter ExpressCare is the appropriate setting for non-life threatening injuries or illnesses for patients 2 years and older. The Emergency Department is the appropriate setting for potentially serious injuries or illnesses and all patients younger than 2 years old. These recommendations are in keeping with directives from the Amercian Academy of Pediatrics. For more information on pediatric care at Porter Medical Center, please visit Pediatric Primary Care.
Conditions that should come to PMC ExpressCare are:
- Simple sprains/strains to the extremities
- Minor cuts that may need stiches
- Common illness, such as; sore throat, coughs, urinary tract infections, and pink eye
- Tick Bites
- Minor fractures and sports injuries
- Ear aches
Conditions that should go to the Emergency Room are:
- Chest pain
- Abdominal pain
- Difficulty breathing
- Any complaint that has severe pain that may need emergent medication to relieve it
- All patients younger than 2 years old
- Diabetic complications
- Head/multiple injuries
- Pregnancy complications
- Mental health crisis
We, at Porter Express Care, understand that this can often be confusing to patients. In the event that we feel your condition exceeds our ability to be appropriately managed at Porter Express Care, we will arrange for seamless transfer to the Emergency Room.