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When Should You Go to an Emergency Center? When Lacerations Require Stitches

Everyone gets scrapes, skinned knees, bruises, and cuts from time to time. It is important to be able to determine when the wound is severe enough that it can require stitches and a visit to an emergency trauma center. There are several telltale signs to look for to help you decide if you need to …

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Preparing for a Smooth Emergency Center Visit: What to Bring with You

When we get sick or have a medical emergency and our primary care physician is not available, we are left with a few alternative options. We might visit an urgent care facility for less serious situations, like a chest cold or a minor cut requiring stitches, as these facilities are normally open later in the …

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Emergency Health Services vs. Your Primary Care Provider

Sometimes, an injury or illness is so severe a visit to the doctor’s office isn’t the right choice. Your primary care physician may know your health history, but he or she is not equipped to provide emergency services and must keep up with scheduled appointments. Exceptional Health Services is the choice for 24-hour emergency care. …

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Urgent Care vs. Emergency Room: Choosing the Right Facility for Your Needs

Exceptional Emergency Center, based in Harlingen, TX, is a 24-hour emergency care operation that offers a comprehensive set of emergency room services at five locations. Each is equipped to respond immediately to the most serious and life-threatening injuries, conditions, and illnesses. Staffed by board-certified and trained emergency medicine physicians, these facilities include acute care, cardiology, …

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COVID-19 TESTING UPDATE:

The Exceptional Emergency Room staff and physicians care about you and your loved ones. We are here 24/7 for all your emergency care needs.

  1. If you are experiencing fever, shortness of breath, chest pain, dizziness, weakness, numbness, sensory loss, or any other emergent medical problems, please call 911 or seek medical care immediately at your nearest Emergency Room.
  2. To provide the highest quality emergency medical care to our communities, we are directing all routine COVID testing to outpatient community resources.
  3. Testing through local resources, including your primary care doctor, urgent care, walk-in clinic, or local health department, is appropriate under the following circumstances:
    1. If you have been exposed to a person known to have COVID, and you do not have symptoms, we recommend that you self-quarantine at home and seek testing 4-5 days after exposure. It often takes this long for the infection to be detected by routine lab testing.
    2. If you have no symptoms or very mild symptoms, outpatient testing is also typically appropriate.
    3. Please follow this link for local COVID testing resources.
  4. If you have tested negative, you should still self-quarantine for 14 days from the day of suspected exposure as it can take anywhere from 2-14 days to come down with symptoms of this infection.
  5. Please kindly limit your phone time with our Emergency Rooms as the phone lines are needed to communicate with other health care entities and to provide patients their test results. Thank you for your understanding during this trying time.