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Finding the Right Care During the Holidays

Finding the Right Care During the Holidays

When you get sick over the holidays, it’s important to choose the right care, at the right place, at the right time. Business hours change, and knowing whether to call your doctor, your local Urgent Care, or the Emergency Department can help save you both time and money.

First: Find the Right Care

  • Primary Care serves all your healthcare needs, including preventative care and acute and chronic care. Make an appointment with your Primary Care Provider for your annual physical, child well visits, prescription refills, and more. Visiting your doctor is your least expensive option of care.
  • Urgent Care is for urgent but non-emergent medical attention, such as cuts/lacerations, sprains, coughs/colds, sore throat/strep, pink eye, earaches, vaccinations and more. An appointment is not needed. Check-in online at or walk-in. X-ray and Lab Services are available at select locations.
  • The Emergency Department treats severe conditions that may be life-threatening. No appointment is needed. Call 911 if you need an ambulance.
  • Specialty Care is for specific non-emergent concerns that require care from a specialist. An appointment is necessary.

For more information on your best care options, please visit

If you are experiencing flu-like or COVID-19 symptoms, visit for the latest information on care and testing options. This page also includes more on testing options pre-procedure or for those who are asymptomatic.

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 and are experiencing mild symptoms, please stay home and avoid contact with others. If you are having trouble breathing and/or are experiencing severe COVID symptoms, please call 911 or visit your local Emergency Department.

Next: Find the Right Place

For a full listing of clinics, Urgent Care locations, walk-in, and extended-hours clinics, lab, and outpatient imaging locations, visit or ask your healthcare provider for more information. Take time to call in advance before visiting a location.

Then: Find the Right Time

Valley Health Urgent Care Express | Strasburg will be closed on New Year's Eve and Day. Here are other Valley Health Urgent Care hours over the holidays:

  • Christmas Eve: 8 am – 12 pm
  • Christmas: Closed
  • New Year’s Eve: 8 am – 4 pm
  • New Year’s Day: 9 am – 1 pm

Finally: Please Be Patient

Primary Care practices, Urgent Care locations, and local hospitals are seeing an influx of patients due to the increase of COVID-19 and the prevalence of other illnesses such as the flu. Please be patient as most places are experiencing an increase in wait times for care.