Let’s say you’re out on a hike, hunt or a fishing trip. Maybe you’re playing in the snow on skis or your snowmobile. Or you could just be chopping veggies. Then it happens: A twisted ankle, a hard fall, a slip of the knife and ouch! Something pops or pulls, tweaks or cracks, and you need medical attention right away. In other words, you need urgent care—ideally at a facility near you.

But this is Wyoming. More specifically…beautiful Star Valley, and the things we need tend to be a few miles away. So how far is too far to travel for urgent care?

Urgent care centers in Afton and Alpine

At Star Valley Health, our urgent care centers in Afton and Alpine put the medical help you need as close to you as possible: Hopefully minutes from your accident, not hours away.

Each center offers convenient hours for walk-ins, often with the shortest wait times around. Afton is open 7 am to 7 pm Monday through Saturday and Alpine is open 7 am to 7 pm Monday through Sunday.

Keep in mind, a longer drive doesn’t necessarily put you in danger. It just may mean you’ll be uncomfortable or in pain a little longer. Please have someone drive you if your vision is impaired or you are unable to safely operate your vehicle.

Quick notes on urgent care vs. emergency care

Urgent care is meant to treat non-life-threatening illnesses or injuries that need attention right away, such as:

  • Cough or sore throat
  • Substantial cuts
  • Animal & insect bites
  • Severe allergic reactions
  • Sprains, strains & fractures
  • Eye irritation and redness
  • Excessive vomiting, diarrhea or dehydration
  • Minor work or sports-related injuries

An emergency room or emergency care center for potentially life-threatening conditions that need immediate attention, including:

  • Heart attack, stroke, difficulty breathing or chest pain
  • Serious head, neck or back injury
  • Deep knife cuts or gunshot wounds
  • Compound fractures or bone breaks

High-quality urgent care and more, throughout the Valley

Whether you need medical help at our urgent care centers, or you’re looking for quality healthcare for your family, the experts at Star Valley Medical Center are ready to help. Our teams of providers and nurses are highly trained, caring professionals who can see to your every need. From routine checkups and physicals to specialty care like cardiology, respiratory care, urology, orthopedics, obstetrics, surgery and much more, you can find us in multiple locations across the valley.

For more information about urgent care, call 307-885-5700 or click here to use our online form.

Urgent Care Near Me: How Far Is Too Far to Travel? was last modified: May 7th, 2019 by Pamela Wolfley
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