Urgent Care Services

Anytime we are ill or injured, it feels like an emergency! Emergency Departments, however, are designed to provide care and treatment for patients requiring immediate medical care. This type of service is for a patient who may die, or have permanent or life-threatening consequences if they are not treated immediately. Examples of conditions requiring a call to 911 and treatment in an Emergency Department include:

  • Crushing chest pain or heart attacks
  • Large surface body bums
  • Loss of consciousness or coma
  • Severe, uncontrolled bleeding

Urgent care is appropriate when medical care is needed within a few hours, when your personal doctor is not available, and when the person's condition is not threatening to their life or function. Some examples of conditions that should be seen in an urgent care setting include:

  • Injuries such as sprains, simple fractures, cuts, bites, bruises and minor burns
  • Respiratory infections or allergies
  • Colds and flu, or any flu-like symptoms
  • Headaches and body aches
  • Allergies and allergic reactions
  • Minor burns
  • Falls, sprains, strains and broken bones

It is important to your health, and to the health of other patients to use the best type of medical service to fit your needs. Patients who go to an Emergency Department when they should be treated at an Urgent Care Center will experience longer waits, since the most critical of patients are treated first. If a patient has a cold, flu, or other contagious illness, they could be exposing other Emergency Department patients who may be less able to fight the disease. Patients who go to an Emergency Department when it is not necessary can tax the emergency system, overload the department, and make it more difficult for the hospital to care for emergency patients who truly need the services.

The guidelines above can help determine whether emergency care is needed, or if going to an Urgent Care Center might be a preferred alternative. Please keep in mind that these are only guidelines and are not intended as medical advice.

Providence Little Company of Mary Urgent Care Centers

Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Institute operates five Urgent Care Centers for our communities that are equipped to handle a variety of urgent medical needs, such as:

  • Colds and flu-like symptoms
  • Allergies and allergic reactions
  • Contusions and lacerations
  • Headaches and body aches
  • Minor burns
  • Cuts and bites
  • Falls, sprains, strains and broken bones

Additionally, the Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Institute Urgent Care Centers provide many routine care services, such as:

  • Pediatric care and immunizations
  • Adult care for acute or chronic illness
  • Routine gynecology services
  • X-ray and laboratory services
  • Minor surgical procedures and casting
  • Physicals for school, employers, or for private patients
  • Travel Vaccinations*
  • Worker's Compensation injuries*

* available only at our Manhattan Beach and Torrance (Crenshaw Blvd.) locations

If You Have (or Don't Have) a Regular Doctor

If you have a regular doctor, but your regular doctor is not available, we will see you. If your regular doctor needs information about your visit for follow-up care, we will take care of that, too!

If you don't have a regular doctor, you are still welcome to come in for care. If you are interested in establishing a relationship with a doctor on a long-term basis, many of our urgent care physicians see regular patients. We would be happy to refer you.


Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Institute Urgent Care Centers accept and will bill nearly all insurance plans and MediCare. You will be responsible for any co-payments or deductibles. Be sure to bring your insurance card and any other pertinent information. We will need to make a copy of your insurance card.

HMO Plans

If you belong to an HMO for your health insurance coverage, some of our Urgent Care Centers may accept your insurance, while others may not. It is best to check with your health plan's representative before you come in for care.

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