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Emergency Care

What is an emergency?

  • A sudden, unexpected, acute medical condition or the worsening of a condition that poses a threat to life, limb or sight and requires immediate treatment.
  • WRNMMC Emergency Medicine serves patients with serious injuries or illnesses. Patients needing urgent or emergency care are seen immediately.

What should I do in an emergency?

Call 911 or immediately go to the nearest emergency department if: 

  • You believe that an illness or injury is life threatening, or
  • You experience any of the symptoms below.

Emergency symptoms:

  • Chest Pain
  • Respiratory Distress/Shortness Of Breath
  • Active, Uncontrolled Bleeding
  • Seizure Activity
  • Loss Of Consciousness For Any Amount Of Time
  • Sudden Weakness Or Dizziness Or Numbness
  • Sudden Vision Changes
  • Allergic Reaction
  • Trauma; Possible Broken Bone
  • Severe Pain
  • Suicidal Or Homicidal Ideation

If you use a civilian emergency room:

  • Notify Health Net Federal Services within 24 hours at 1-(877) TRICARE (874-2273)
  • Notify your Primary Care Manager at (703) 692-8810 (choose option 2 on phone tree, then press 1)  

What is Urgent Care?

Medically necessary services, which required for an illness or illness or injury that would not result in further disability or death if not treated immediately, but require processional attention and have the potential to develop such a threat if treatment is delayed longer then 24 hours. An example of an Urgent Care condition could be a sprain, sore throat or rising fever.

Active Duty members must obtain PRIOR AUTHORIZATION for urgent care or they will be responsible for all associated costs.

For a list of Urgent Care facilities in the National Capitol Area (NCA) click here: To see a complete list of Urgent, Emergency, or Minute Clinics go to:

 • Click on “Find a Provider” or call 1-877-TRICARE (877-874-2274)

The Pentagon, Corridor 8

Main Clinic Number: (703) 692-8810