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Walk-in clinic wait times

No appointment necessary. Wait times are updated every 15 minutes.
   Approximate wait time
0—30 minutes 30—60 minutes
60+ minutes Outside regular
business hours


Sanford Downtown Walk-in Clinic
Serving all ages
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Sanford North Walk-in Clinic
Serving all ages
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Sanford Children's Walk-in Clinic
Serving children
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Sanford Health Walk-in Clinic
Serving all ages
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Sanford Health Walk-in Clinic
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Online appointment requests are for non-emergency appointments only. If you believe you have an emergency, please call 911 or go to the Sanford Emergency & Trauma Center.
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Sanford Emergency & Trauma Center

At Sanford Health, emergency care is an organized team effort. The entire hospital and medical staff has made a commitment to excellence in emergency care.

Sanford Health is dedicated to providing the highest quality emergency care. With the development of a comprehensive emergency service, we are prepared to meet the needs of all populations. Patients receive medical attention in an order based on the severity of the injuries or illnesses.

Sanford Health’s emergency service consists of:

  • An emergency physician director involved in the leadership and quality improvement of our emergency care
  • Emergency nurses with specialized training in advanced cardiac, trauma and pediatric emergency care
  • Board-certified emergency doctors all specially trained in trauma
  • A physician assistant specially trained in emergency medicine
  • An organized, specially trained emergency team, which includes an emergency surgeon and anesthesiologist, ready to respond immediately.
  • An operating room open 24 hours a day/7 days a week providing rapid access to surgical intervention
  • An established in-house emergency registry database and extensive internal quality improvement plan for emergency care
  • Emergency prevention programs available to the community
  • Social services and spiritual care support for victims and their families
  • An aggressive rehabilitation program to assist in the optimal recovery of our emergency patients
  • Various specialized services including cardiothoracic surgery, computerized tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and hemodialysis
  • State-of-the-art resuscitation equipment
American College of Cardiology Foundation’s NCDR® ACTION Registry®–GWTGTM Silver Performance Achievement Award
The award recognizes Sanford Health’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients. The Bismarck region of Sanford Health consistently followed the treatment guidelines in ACTION Registry®-GWTGTM for our consecutive quarters and met a performance standard of 90% for specific performance measures to receive this 2013 award.

American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® Quality Achievement Award for heart attack care
Hospitals involved in Mission: Lifeline are part of a system that makes sure STEMI (the most severe form of heart attack) patients get the right care they need, as quickly as possible. Mission: Lifeline focuses on improving the system of care for these patients and at the same time improving care for all heart attack patients. Sanford Medical Center in Bismarck is the only healthcare institution in western North Dakota to receive this award, which speaks to its commitment and success in implementing high standards of care for heart attack patients.

Reverified as Level II Trauma Center
The American College of Surgeons has reverified Sanford Health as a Level II Trauma Center. This achievement recognizes the trauma center's dedication to providing high quality care for injured patients.

Level II is the highest possible verification Sanford Health is able to achieve. Sanford Health was initially designated as Level II in 1995.

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Emergency or walk-in—making the right decision

The Sanford Walk-in Clinics are not intended to be a substitute for an emergency room. In a true emergency, dial 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. The Sanford Walk-in Clinics are not intended to treat chronic conditions or serious medical conditions. See your personal doctor in those cases.

Go to the emergency room if you have:

  • Chest pain or pressure, dizziness or other heart attack symptoms
  • Slurred speech, paralysis or other stroke symptoms
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Severe cuts
  • Severe burns
  • Head injuries with a loss of consciousness
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Unexplained high fever
  • A baby younger than three months with breathing trouble or fever
  • Severe and unusual headache
  • Seizures
  • Emergency childbirth
  • Bleeding that does not stop
  • Drug overdose
  • Poisoning
  • Life-threatening injuries
  • Severe allergic reactions

Go to the walk-in clinic if you have:

  • Sore throats
  • Earaches
  • Cold and flu symptoms
  • Fever
  • Sinus infections
  • Sprains and strains
  • Minor cuts
  • Minor burns
  • Headaches
  • Backaches
  • Stomachaches
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Bladder infections
  • Pinkeye
  • Dizziness
  • Stings, bites or poison ivy
  • Respiratory infection

Visitation policy

Guests are allowed to accompany the patient at their bedside; however, we prefer there are only one or two guests in the patient's room. To provide the best possible care and keep from overwhelming the patient, it is best for relatives and friends to remain in the emergency lobby area. Our wonderful healthcare providers will keep friends and family informed about their loved one's condition and treatment as much as possible.


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