When to use Emergent Care vs. Primary Care vs. Emergency Department
A primary care physician (PCP) is usually your general source for addressing regular health care needs. He or she knows your history and can typically coordinate your in-depth health care services with specialists if or when you need one.
Your PCP is the first one you should contact when you need care. Maybe you can be seen quickly for minor illnesses or injuries. If the symptoms you share when making your appointment warrant immediate care, your PCP may suggest you instead visit an urgent care center or emergency room.
An urgent care center has doctors who treat cuts, sprains, and other types of less serious medical conditions. You don’t need an appointment to visit an urgent care center and they often have night and weekend hours.
Urgent care is not emergency care.
If you believe you or a loved one is experiencing a potentially life-threatening medical issue, you should call 911.
Malta Med Emergent Care
We provide emergency care treatment for many medical emergencies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In addition, we offer electronic, real time consultation with specialists at Albany Medical Center and Saratoga Hospital. At Malta Med Emergent Care, we can monitor your condition for up to 24 hours, if necessary. We also have a helipad and an ambulance bay for those who need critical or inpatient care and can transfer you to Albany Medical Center, Saratoga Hospital or a local medical facility of your choice.
Located right off the Northway at Exit 12, Malta Med is easy to reach and offers ample, convenient parking.