Should You Go to a Baptist Minor Med or the ER?

Aug 20 • 2014
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It’s 7pm, your doctor’s office is closed and that cold you’ve been battling has suddenly become an intolerable sinus infection. But, is a sinus infection serious enough for an emergency room visit? This is when a Baptist Minor Medical Center is the perfect option.

All of our Baptist Minor Med Centers are open seven days a week for your urgent care needs – no appointment necessary. The clinics feature X-ray capabilities, in-house labs, EKGs and a highly qualified staff to attend to your urgent health care needs.

In addition to sinus infections, you can go to a Baptist Minor Med Center if you’re experiencing the following:

  • Flu symptoms
  • Fever
  • Twisted or sprained ankle
  • Cuts, bumps and sprains
  • Cough, cold or sore throat
  • Skin rash
  • Ear infection
  • Wound care
  • Animal bites
  • Asthma


At a Baptist Minor Med Center, you will receive care from the same medical professionals you would see in an emergency room or primary care office, but your insurance company may offer a lower copay.

Feeling too sick to sit in the waiting room until someone can see you? The Minor Med Rest & Relax at Home app allows you to wait for an available room in the comfort of your own home. The app gives you the ability to pre-register and check-in to any of Baptist’s four minor medical centers in the greater Memphis, Tennessee area. A staff member will receive your information through the app and call you when a room is available.

Remember, visiting a Baptist Minor Med Center isn’t a replacement for the ER. When a serious emergency strikes, such as chest pain or a broken arm, you should head straight to your local emergency room or call 9-1-1.

If you or someone you are with is experiencing any of the following symptoms, an emergency room is the best option:

  • Fainting or unconsciousness
  • Choking or difficulty breathing
  • Continuous bleeding
  • Coughing or vomiting blood
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Chest pain
  • Upper abdominal pain or pressure
  • Head or spine injury
  • Sudden, severe pain
  • Sudden dizziness, weakness or blurred vision
  • Ingestion of a poisonous substance
  • Motor vehicle accident, burns, smoke inhalation, near drowning or severe wound
  • Suicidal or homicidal feelings


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