When to Visit Urgent Care, Go to the Emergency Room, or Call an Ambulance

When seeking medical care take a second to decide where to go.
Deciding where to go can mean better, more efficient care and it can save a life.

Urgent Care

Torrance Memorial Urgent Care operates two centers, in Torrance and Manhattan Beach, designed to treat patients on a walk-in basis. Visit an Urgent Care Center when:


  • Minor fractures and sprains
  • Infections, cold or flu
  • Coughs, earaches, sore throats, influenza
  • Fever
  • Cuts needing stitches
  • Rashes and skin infections
  • Worsening reaction to an insect bite
  • Minor head injuries without losing consciousness

Emergency Room

Torrance Memorial Medical Center Emergency Care is a designated Stroke Center, as well as an emergency department approved Pediatric Center. Fully equipped to treat acute injuries and illnesses. Go to the emergency department when:


  • Head injuries on blood thinners
  • Fever over 105 F
  • Bleeding that won't stop
  • Bad or worsening medication reaction, overdose or poisoning


In a life threatening emergency, the sooner a patient is treated, the better the chances of survival. Call an ambulance when:


  • Possible heart attack
  • Chest pain/discomfort
  • Sudden dizziness/weakness
  • Heartburn, nausea or abdominal pain
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Pounding heart/change in heart rhythm
  • Potential stroke
  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on side of the body
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness or loss of balance/coordination
  • Sudden trouble seeing out of one or both eyes
  • Sudden, severe headache with no known cause

Urgent Care Center Locations

Torrance Urgent Care
2900 Lomita Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90505
Mon-Fri 9:00 AM-8:00 PM
Sat-Sun & Holidays, 8:00 AM-6:00 PM

Manhattan Beach Urgent Care
855 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Suite 101
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
Mon-Fri 4:00 PM-9:00 PM
Sat-Sun & Holidays, 8:00 AM-5:00 PM