People with sickle cell disease often require emergency care for health issues such as severe SCD pain crisis amongst other complications.

 The excruciating episodic pain is the most common health problem experienced by people with SCD, which is why Dr SickleCell places a strong emphasis on preventative care which allows patients the luxury of living a life free of the burden of pain episodes and health limitations.

When to Seek Emergency Care

People often seek emergency care when their health problem cannot be treated at home or their episodic pain has become unbearable and beyond self-medication.

If you find your pain episodes exceeding the threshold of mild and moderate to severe, arrange to be transported to the center as soon as possible. Delays in treating severe pain episodes can often lead to adverse complications.

If you think you might be having an emergency, please call patient support on 0810.784.9881

Or visit the nearest emergency room in a general hospital close to you and have them prepare you for a transfer.

Signs You Require Emergency Care

It is advisable to visit the center as soon as possible or seek emergency care at the closest hospital when you observe severe conditions such as;
  • Severe Pain Crisis
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Unconsciousness
  • Severe bleeding
  • Chest pain or pressure
  • Moderate to severe burns
  • Convulsions or seizures
  • Serious head, neck, or back injury
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Persistently feverish

Urgent Care for Non-Emergencies

Seek urgent care for non-emergencies such as urgent but non-life-threatening symptoms or mild crisis. We also offer urgent care for the little ones. Learn more about our After Hours Care for Children.

Visit us for urgent care if you have mild to moderate symptoms such as:

  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Rash
  • Abdominal pain (mild to moderate)
  • Urination concerns
  • Headache (mild to moderate)
  • Minor cuts
  • Ear pain
  • Sore throat and sinus pain
  • Cough and fever

If you are unsure whether your condition is an emergency, call your personal doctor, or go to the nearest hospital with an emergency room.