DPHC Urgent & Emergency Care
If you are experiencing an emergency, call 911 or immediately go to the nearest emergency department.
Urgent Care services treat non-life-threatening health issues that require immediate attention, such as sprains, the flu, colds, back pain, skin rashes and other common illnesses.
If you’re unsure about whether you need urgent care, contact the Military Health System Nurse Advice Line to speak to a registered nurse. Visit MHSNurseAdviceLine.com for web chat and video chat, or dial 1-800-TRICARE (874-2273).
If you are experiencing a life-threatening medical situation (including mental health emergencies), call 911 or immediately go to the nearest emergency department.
Emergency care services treat life-threatening medical issues such as threats to your life, limbs, sight, or safety.
To learn about how TRICARE covers emergency care, visit the TRICARE Emergency Care page.
For a list of local emergency room locations click here.
What is an emergency?
- A sudden, unexpected, acute medical condition or the worsening of a condition that poses a threat to life, limb or sight and requires immediate treatment.
- You experience any of the emergency symptoms below:
- Bleeding that won’t stop
- Vomiting or coughing blood, or passing black stools
- Severe pain in the chest, upper abdomen or down the arm
- Heart stops beating or pulse is very faint
- Difficult breathing or the presence of blue lips, face or nail beds
- Severe headache such as with nausea, vomiting, fever or dizziness
- Injuries from trauma such as from a fall or auto accident
- Suicidal or homicidal feelings
- Extensive burns, especially where skin is white or charred
- Eye injuries such as from acids or other strong solutions
- Seizures or convulsion that does not stop
- Insect stings when the patient is known to have allergic reactions
- Suspected poisoning
- Numbness or paralysis on a part of the body
- Fever of 103 degrees F or higher
- Consciousness is altered or affected
If you use a civilian emergency room: