Help! What To Do When Something Goes Wrong on Vacation


Help! What To Do When Something Goes Wrong on Vacation | Ward Realty

Sometimes the unexpected happens while you are far from home. 

Perhaps your child gets an ear infection, the flu, a sprain, or a painful jelly fish sting. Maybe your dog breaks off his leash and gets hit by a car. Or, you break a tooth biting into some rock candy you just bought as a treat. 

As an out of town guest, you may not know where to turn for quick medical attention.  Ward Realty cares about you and your well-being, so we wanted to provide our guests with a list of local doctors, ER's and dentists. 

For your furry friends, we will also list our local veterinarians. 

**Please note: This information is up to date as of October, 2019. Please call ahead to check business hours**


doctor examining young woman's ear | Ward Realty

Urgent Care Facilities


There are many medical situations that can be treated more quickly and more affordably at an Urgent Care than at a hospital emergency room. 

Try a nearby Urgent Care for things like: 

  • Sprains and fractures
  • Cuts and scrapes
  • Rashes
  • Allergic reactions
  • Minor infections
  • Strep tests
  • Ear infections
  • Stings and bites

Please note that some of these providers do NOT offer evening or weekend hours. Make sure to call ahead to make sure they are open or to make an appointment! 

Valjoy Beach Care  

13500 Hwy 50, Suite 104 Surf City, NC 28445 

(910) 803-2025 

Closed weekends

Med First Sneads Ferry Urgent Care

200 Cape Fear Circle, Sneads Ferry, NC 28460 

(910) 327-2277

Closed Sundays

Topsail Family Medicine & Urgent Care

16747 U.S. Hwy. 17 (Ste. 114), Hampstead, NC 

(910) 270-0052

Medac Urgent Care (Porters Neck) 

8115 Market St.Wilmington, NC 28411 

(910) 686-1972

Hospitals / Emergency Rooms


Some medical situations should be sent directly to an Emergency Room, either by car or by ambulance if time is of the essence. 

Call an ambulance or get to one of our local hospitals ASAP for the following: 

  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Trauma
  • Serious head injury
  • Uncontrolled bleeding
  • Stroke or heart attack 
  • Loss of vision

New Hanover Regional Medical Center 

2131 S 17th St., Wilmington | 910-343-7000

(45 minutes from Ward Realty)

Pender Memorial Hospital 

507 Fremont St., Burgaw, NC | (910) 259-5451

(45 minutes from Ward Realty)

Cape Fear Memorial Hospital

5301 Wrightsville Ave, Wilmington | 910-452-8100

(47 minutes from Ward Realty)

Onslow Memorial Hospital

317 Western Blvd, Jacksonville | 910-577-2345 

(39 minutes from Ward Realty)


woman with tooth pain | Ward Realty

Emergency Dental Care


Broke a crown? Chipped a tooth? Lost a filling? 

If it can't wait until you return home, we have a bunch of great dentists near Topsail Island to help you out. 

Call ahead and see who will take your insurance and who can fit you in as a one-time patient. 

Hampstead Family Dentistry

16370 US-17, Hampstead, NC 28443 | 910-270-3602

Topsail Dental

16717 US-17, Hampstead NC 28443 | 910-270-0728

White Dental

200 US-17, Holly Ridge NC 28445 | 910-329-8191

Dr. Robert Zambrowski

14304 US-17, Hampstead NC 28443 | 910-270-4435

Surf City Dental

301 Aloha Way, Hampstead, NC 28443 | 910-329-0298


dog being held by veterinarian | Ward Realty

Emergency Pet Care

Did you lose your dog? Contact the Pender County Animal Shelter or the Humane Society to see if they are holding her. 

Pender County Animal Shelter

3280 New Savannah Rd, Burgaw

910-259-1484

Pender County Humane Society

1407 NC-53, Burgaw 

910-259-7022

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If it's after hours, you can also call the local police departments for Surf City, Topsail Beach and North Topsail Beach, since someone may have reported a found pet. 

Finally, check the local Facebook groups for postings of lost and found pets. Here are two popular pages to try: 

Pender County Lost & Found Pets

Topsail Area Alerts & News Share

Swansboro Animal Hospital Emergency & Trauma Center (for after hours care)
(910) 325-8227

Surf City Pet Hospital 910-329-4700 

13775 NC-50, Surf City

All Pets Animal Hospital: 910-327-1100 

2024 NC-172, Snead's Ferry

Hampstead Animal Hospital: 910-270-4838

62 NC-210, Hampstead, NC 28443  


Holly Ridge Veterinary Hospital: 910-803-2190

324 US-17, Holly Ridge, NC 28445


Topsail Animal Hospital: 910-270-4401

16350 Highway 17, Hampstead, NC


One last note about Travel Insurance. You already know that it's smart to purchase travel insurance to protect your trip (especially during hurricane season), but did you know that you could possibly be reimbursed for your trip in case of a medical emergency? If your trip has to be cut short due to a serious illness or injury, or if you can't make the trip at all, insurance may cover your deposits or unused days. It's easy to purchase coverage, simply choose to add it to you cart when booking online or ask our reservationist for help when booking over the phone (learn more about Travel Insurance by clicking here). 

We hope you never have to use a single number we have listed above! Bookmark this blog just in case, so you can feel more at ease during your next Topsail Island vacation. 


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