Health Services

Urgent & Emergency Care

If you are experiencing a life-threatening medical situation, including mental health emergencies, call 911 immediately or go to the nearest emergency room. Some military treatment facility locations offer emergency room services; others do not, so be familiar with the clinics and services provided at your location.

Medical emergencies are the sudden and unexpected onset of a medical condition that:

  • Is threatening to life, limbs, or eyesight or safety;
  • Requires immediate medical treatment; or
  • Manifests painful symptoms that require an immediate response to alleviate suffering.
If you’re unsure if you need urgent care, contact the Military Health System Nurse Advice Line to speak to a registered nurse. Visit for web and video chat or dial 1-800-TRICARE (874-2273).

Call your primary care manager within 24 hours or the next business day after getting emergency care to obtain authorization for coordinate ongoing care.
988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline
988 Veterans Crisis Line: 988, Option 1, or text 838255
TRICARE Urgent Care
TRICARE Emergency Care


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