Valet Consolidation at Tacoma General/Mary Bridge Children's Campuses

As of Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, valet parking services will no longer be offered at the main entrance of MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital on Martin Luther King Jr. Way. Patients may still be dropped off and picked up at that entrance and valet services are available at other hospital entrances. Learn More

Where to Seek Care

Where You Go For Your Care Matters

Choosing where to go for care depends a lot on what you need care for, and how seriously ill or injured you are. This guide can help you decide what level of service you need.

When to Seek Primary Care

If someone has a minor illness or injury, needs assistance with a chronic illness or needs a routine health exam or immunization, a primary care provider is the right choice.

Primary care is a great choice for:

  • Acute, minor, illnesses and injuries
  • Chronic disease management
  • A worsening chronic illness
  • Routine health exam or immunizations
  • Sports, school or employment physicals

See a list of MultiCare Primary Care Locations.

When to Seek Urgent Care

If someone becomes ill or is injured and their condition does not pose an immediate, serious threat to their health or life, urgent care is the right choice.

When your regular doctor or health care provider is not available, you should go to an urgent care clinic for:

  • Cold or flu symptoms
  • Earache
  • Fevers
  • Foreign object in eye or nose
  • Migraines
  • Minor burns or bruises
  • Minor fracture
  • Rash, poison ivy, allergic reaction
  • Scrapes or minor cuts
  • Sore throat
  • Sprain

See a list of MultiCare Urgent Care Centers.

When to Seek Emergency Care

If you think someone could suffer significant harm or die without prompt attention, seek emergency care — or call 911 — immediately.

Emergency care is the right choice for treating conditions such as:

  • Coughing or vomiting blood
  • Deep cuts or bleeding that won't stop
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Numbness in the face, arm, or leg
  • Seizures
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Severe burns
  • Sudden blurred vision
  • Sudden, severe headache
  • Sudden dizziness, weakness, or loss of coordination or balance

See a list of MultiCare Emergency Departments.

A New Kind of Urgent Care

Indigo Tacoma location photoDesigned to meet the needs of busy individuals and families on the go, MultiCare Indigo Urgent Care is more than just an urgent care clinic. We serve as your personal health care concierge from the time you walk in the door until you're headed back to your car. Everything revolves around you. And, because each Indigo Urgent Care is part of the MultiCare family, we’ll make sure that you’re better connected to the care you need.

Visit Indigo Urgent Care online to learn more and find a location near you.

Our Virtual Services Bring Care to You

Virtual Visit TabletMultiCare Virtual Care offers alternative options to traditional walk-in, urgent care services through our video visit and e-visit services. Both bring high-quality medical care for select minor injuries and illnesses to wherever you are in Washington state, all for a reasonable, set fee. Visit MultiCare Virtual Care to learn more.

Drive or Dial 911?

You should call 911 to get an ambulance if:

  • The condition is life-threatening
  • The injured person needs to be moved by medical personnel to prevent further injury
  • The distance or traffic would cause a significant delay in getting to the hospital


Stay better connected to your health with MyChart, our secure, convenient electronic health record.