Urgent Care vs. Emergency Room

FirstCall Medical Center, like other urgent care providers, offers significant cost and time savings over the traditional emergency room. Urgent care is also vastly more convenient for you, the patient.


Urgent care offers significant cost and time savings as well as convenience for patients. At FirstCall Medical Center we can do most blood tests, all x-rays and all minor procedures that can be done in the ER. In fact, our bloodwork is done using state of the art machinery that requires only a few drops of blood at the most—no long needles, just a finger prick. Best of all you’ll have results back in minutes, versus hours in an ER.

These services are available at a substantial saving over the ER, and we make sure our patients receive only one bill from us. In fact, it is nearly three times more expensive to be treated in an ER for the same services we offer at FirstCall Medical Center.

Urgent care is appropriate for most of what is actually seen in the average ER, such as sprains, bruises, falls, mild shortness of breath, musculoskeletal injuries, medication refills, immunizations, cuts, broken bones, and eye problems.


The ER is most appropriate when facing a serious and sudden medical emergency. If you are experiencing chest pains, neurologic impairments, stroke, severe shortness of breath, an amputation, or if you have been involved in a bad car accident, then go directly to the ER as opposed to an urgent care center.


Abdominal Pain

Your abdomen reaches from just below your chest to the top of your groin and contains many vital organs. Abdominal pain develops in any one of these organs and can also start in your chest. The severity of your pain doesn't always correlate with the seriousness of your problem.


Arthritis refers to pain and stiffness in the areas of your body where two bones meet. Over time, swollen joints become severely damaged, so you need expert management for your arthritis.


The most common type of disabling, recurring headache is a migraine. In fact, 13 out of every 100 American adults get migraines, but less than half of those receive diagnosis and treatment.

Back Pain

Back pain is one of the most common medical problems in the U.S. and is the second most common reason people see a doctor. Additionally, back pain costs $60 billion annually in healthcare costs.

Sore Throat

Your throat is the tube that carries food to your esophagus, and air to both your windpipe and voice box.


Cosmetic disorders affecting your skin – including hair loss, scars, and the skin changes associated with aging – often require a doctor’s care and diagnosis.

Urgent Care

Less than 30% of primary care doctors have after-hours coverage and, even if you do make an appointment, you’re stuck waiting hours at a time. Because of these inconveniences, there has been a recent increase in urgent care centers around the country.


Asthma is a chronic disease that causes your airways -- the tubes that carry air in and out of the lungs -- to become sore and swollen, leading to several bothersome symptoms.


FirstCall Medical Center
1071 MD-3 North, Suite 101
Gambrills, MD 21054
Phone: 410-721-2333
Fax: 410-721-1207


Monday      8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Tuesday      8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Wednesday      8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Thursday      8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Friday      8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday      8:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sunday      8:00 am – 8:00 pm