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Emergency Services vs. Urgent Care

Quick guide for when to visit the Emergency Room, Urgent Care Center, or doctor’s office.
Doctors' Office Urgent Care Emergency Room
  • Regular check-ups or health screenings
  • Coughs, colds or fever
  • Lingering pain
  • Unexplained weight changes
  • Anything that causes you concern
  • Minor illness and injury
  • Fever
  • Minor cuts
  • Sprains or possible
  • broken bones
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Sore throats, coughs, colds
  • And more
  • Life-threatening emergencies
  • Serious head, neck or back injury
  • Loss of limb / A severely broken  bone
  • Chest pain or pressure
  • Convulsions or seizures
  • Unconsciousness
  • Severe bleeding
  • Poisoning
  • Burns
 If your issue is life-threatening, call 9-1-1 or go to an Emergency Room.

Urgent Care Center locations
Lake After Hours
When illness or injuries occur after regular office hours and your family doctor isn't available, Lake After Hours provides professional treatment without appointments or lengthy waiting.
Lake After Hours Kids
Lake After Hours Kids offers comprehensive pediatric and adolescent urgent care in a child-friendly environment and is staffed by board-certified pediatricians and practitioners with extensive pediatric emergency training. Children can still be seen at all nine Lake After Hours locations, Lake After Hours Kids treats patients between the ages of 3 months and 15 years old. 
LSU Health Baton Rouge
LSU Health Baton Rouge Urgent Care Center is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Located in the North Baton Rouge Clinic at 5439 Airline Highway. No appointment is needed.