Palomar Health Provides Comprehensive Access for all Health Needs

At Palomar Health, our healthcare professionals are available for any of your health concerns, from surgery to emergency needs. Our team of board-certified physicians and specially trained staff are readily available if you have health problems that arise unexpectedly. For life-threatening issues such as chest pain or head injuries, our emergency rooms at Palomar Medical Center Escondido and Palomar Medical Center Poway are ready to help 24/7.

In case of an emergency, always dial 911. For conditions that need medical attention but are not life-threatening, health clinics provide quality health care, many with same day appointments or walk-in care for quick and convenient treatment. Understanding how to access the complete range of Palomar Health’s clinical services or urgent care services provided at local health clinics will help our patients get the appropriate care they need, when they need it and at the most convenient location. 

Access to Community Health Centers for Minor Illnesses and Injuries  

When you live in San Diego County and need to see a doctor right away but don’t require emergency care, where do you go? At conveniently located community health center locations , you’ll likely get quicker access to high-quality medical care on a first-come, first-serve basis rather than waiting in an emergency room where patient care must be triaged or prioritized based on health issues that need the most immediate attention. View Spanish community health center locations. View Kaiser Permenente locations

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If you have a health concern that arises unexpectedly or worsens overnight when your physician’s office is unavailable, many times a visit to a local community health center is the right choice. A community health center is the best option for patients that need medical attention the same day, but do not have a life-or-limb threatening condition. This includes:

  • Allergic reactions
  • Animal bites
  • Cold or flu symptoms
  • Ear infections
  • Minor fever or rash
  • Mild asthma
  • Minor burns
  • Simple fractures
  • Sinus infections
  • Strep or sore throats
  • Sprains
  • Urinary tract/bladder infection


More Options for Walk-In Health Centers   

Palomar Health also provides walk-in access to non-emergency care at any of our three conveniently located Expresscare Clinics. These walk-in health centers are located within select Albertsons/Sav-on Pharmacy stores in San Diego County. One is located in the Escondido Albertsons off Valley Parkway, is just one mile east of Palomar Health Downtown Campus. Expresscare Clinics are perfect for minor conditions or busy families to receive prompt, patient-centered care without the longer wait at an emergency room – or the higher costs generally associated with emergency care.

Open seven days per week with extended weekday hours, appointments are not necessary and walk-ins are welcome. Most visits usually take about 20 minutes. Our dedicated staff can also provide pagers for patients who would like to shop in Albertson’s/Sav-On Pharmacies if a short wait is required. 

When to Call 911 or Go to the ER

If you feel that you are experiencing an emergency, always dial 911.

For more complex health emergencies or life-threatening situations such as very high fever, chest pain or head injury, call 911 or visit an Emergency Room [BB3] immediately. If you experience any of the following serious issues, get help right away:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Complex bone fractures
  • Chest pain
  • Head injuries
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Severe allergic reactions
  • Severe bleeding
  • Sudden vision problems
  • Fever above 104 degrees F

For More Information about Community Health Centers in Downtown Escondido

San Diego County is fortunate to have many options for medical care in the community other than emergency rooms – and several are in the Escondido area. For more information about healthcare services in and around Escondido, please view our map for contact information and location details.