Sierra View Medical Center Urgent Care

Important Notice: Sierra View Medical Center’s Urgent Care services were discontinued on August 1, 2020 in efforts to sustain financial stability during the pandemic. As of January 2021, the final decision was made to permanently close the Urgent Care service line. We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause you.

Please note: The content below this announcement pertains to details that were previously offered at the Urgent Care location. If you need emergency medical attention, please visit our Emergency Department. For all other acute medical needs, please contact your primary physician.

Sore throat, fever or flu? Sierra View’s Urgent Care is here for you!

SVMC Urgent Care is open weekdays from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. and weekends and holidays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Located at 263 Pearson Drive in Porterville, no appointment is necessary for prompt and comprehensive care.

The SVMC Urgent Care facility is capable of serving patients with a variety of acute health problems including, but not limited to, minor burns, broken bones, sprains, colds, flu, and other like ailments. Though the facility offers a wider range of services than a physician’s office, it is not equipped to administer the same life-saving measures as the Emergency Department.

If you have a life-threatening medical issue, please visit our Emergency Department.

What You Should Know About Urgent Care

Urgent care is a convenient resource when you need quick medical attention but cannot reach your primary care provider. The urgent care staff provides many of the same services as an urgent care provider, but without the need to schedule an appointment. Urgent care operates after hours and on weekends so that people who would have a hard time visiting the doctor during regular business hours have a convenient healthcare resource.

It is important to keep in mind that urgent care is not a replacement for your primary care physician. You still want to have a relationship with a doctor who is familiar with your medical history. You can think of urgent care as your backup plan when you need someone to quickly address a medical concern.

Emergency or Urgent Care?

Not all medical problems that need immediate attention are emergencies. Generally speaking, a medical situation is considered an emergency only if it places a person’s health in serious risk of long-term or life-threatening complications.

It is important to understand the difference between an urgent care and emergency room visit. Emergency rooms have limited resources and are generally more expensive than urgent care. However, if you are not sure you are dealing with an emergency and are short on time, you should call 911 and alert them to your situation.

An urgent care clinic can help you with many medical problems, including but not limited to:

  • Allergies
  • Minor injuries
  • Cold and flu
  • Ear infections
  • Pink eye
  • Minor headaches
  • Sore throat
  • UTI
  • Sinus infections
  • Cold sores

Symptoms of a medical emergency that warrant a trip to the emergency room include:

  • Severe chest pain
  • Nonstop bleeding
  • Fainting
  • Nonstop vomiting or diarrhea
  • Sudden blurry vision
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Coughing up blood
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Severe abdominal pain