Emergency care

Our extensive network of hospital emergency care
and freestanding emergency care means life-saving help is always nearby.

Two choices for quicker care

We offer emergency care both at UCHealth hospitals as well as at various freestanding emergency care locations throughout the Front Range. You’ll find the same highly qualified emergency medicine doctors and specially trained emergency nurses at both, and at the same cost.

You need emergency care for severe injuries and conditions:

Abdominal pain
Chest pain
Severe headache
Shortness of breath
Significant trauma such as head injury
or severe bleeding

Call 911 immediately if someone is
unconscious, having trouble breathing,
has a serious injury or
may be having a heart attack.

Many conditions can be treated as quickly and more affordably at a UCHealth urgent care location.

Chart showing When to use urgent care or emergency care

Freestanding emergency care locations may be closer to you and more personal because they are smaller, with an average of eight beds.

Freestanding emergency care locations can stabilize and treat true emergency conditions—they are not urgent care facilities. For cuts, sprains, possible broken bones, migraines, sore throat or the flu, contact your primary care physician. If you can’t wait, visit one of our urgent care locations.

Our Level I, Level II and Level III trauma centers provide 24/7
access to the most advanced, readily available trauma resources to
treat life-threatening injuries. Expert trauma surgeons and other
physicians, nurses, case managers and technologists at UCHealth
provide the Rocky Mountain region’s best, around-the-clock
care for critically injured patients.

See all emergency care locations