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Urgent Care

 

The Newman Memorial Urgent Care Clinic offers community members walk-in access to a physician when illness or injury strikes.  Unlike other urgent care clinics, when you choose Newman, you can rest assured that you will not be seeing a Physician’s Assistant or a Nurse Practitioner.  You will only receive one charge for an urgent care visit and you will be seen by a physician every time.  In addition, if your illness or injury proves to be more serious than appropriately handled in urgent care, the full resources of the hospital are readily available with a seamless transition of staff and immediate access to your medical record.  To maximize access and convenience to our community, the urgent care clinic is open 7 days a week with hours outside regular office hours.

 

For more information, please call 580-938-2551, ext. 112

 

Hours of Operation

Monday through Friday

10:00 am to 8:00 pm

 

Saturday and Sunday

8:00 am to 4:00 pm

 

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Urgent Care vs. the Emergency Room

Click here to read and article about how Urgent Care benefits our community and an interview with Dr. Samuel P. Taylor, M.D., NES Medical Site Director of Newman Memorial Hospital Emergency Department and Urgent Care Clinic.

 

I need a doctor now! Where should I go?

Often times it seems that an illness or injury strikes at the most inconvenient time.  You are leaving for vacation tomorrow and wake up with significant sinus pain.  Saturday afternoon rolls around and your child is complaining of a sore throat or ear ache.  It is six o’clock on a Tuesday and you stumble in the driveway on your way in from checking the mail.  Is your ankle broken or is it just a bad sprain?  When these situations crop up, you may feel uncertain about where to go.  Immediate access to a physician is needed, but is it really an emergency?

These are all situations in which it would be appropriate to seek medical care at an Urgent Care Clinic.  But knowing where to go isn’t always simple.  Recognizing the difference between an urgent care issue and a true medical emergency, could save your life.  And if it isn’t a true medical emergency, knowing the difference could certainly save your wallet!  So what is considered an emergency medical situation?

An emergency medical situation is any medical issue which is life-threatening or limb-threatening.

 

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, a trip to the Emergency Room is in order:

 

An Urgent Care Clinic is an excellent option for common non-life-threatening illnesses or injuries.  If you become ill or are injured, but your regular doctor is not available, an Urgent Care Visit is a much better option than an Emergency Room visit.  First, it is much less expensive.  Depending on the reason you are being seen, an Urgent Care visit can be 1/3rd the cost of an Emergency Room visit and carries a much lower co-pay with most insurance plans.  In addition, wait-times are usually lower.  If you go to an Emergency Room with a non-life-threatening medical issue, you will have to wait for the physician to attend to those with more severe issues before you are seen.

 

The following list of ailments could be treated with an Urgent Care visit:

 

Urgent Care Clinics fill a vital role in the continuum of providing a community convenient and affordable health care options with lower cost than an Emergency Room, extended weekday and weekend hours when a regular physician’s office may not be open and no appointment is necessary.  Newman Memorial Hospital is proud to be able to step in and fill this need for Shattuck and the surrounding communities.  This facility is unique in that it is only staffed by physicians and it is hospital based.  This means that if your illness or injury is deemed to require more intensive care than can be provided at the Urgent Care Clinic, you can be transferred seamlessly into the hospital system.  There you can receive more in-depth care with the same medical team and instant access to the healthcare record instead of being transferred somewhere and having to start again from square one.  The

 

Newman Memorial Urgent Care Clinic

Hours of operation

Monday through Friday from 10 am to 8 pm

Saturday and Sunday from 8 am to 4 pm

 

Newman Memorial Hospital looks forward to serving our community with compassion and excellence through this convenient and affordable new option for their healthcare needs.

 

Urgent Care Benefits Community and Provides a New Access Point to Healthcare

 

Newman Memorial Hospital’s Urgent Care Clinic is open and ready for patients as of October 10, 2016.  The physicians providing care are contracted by the hospital through National Emergency Services (NES), a physician contracting service.  Most of these physicians have been providing services at Newman Memorial Hospital for quite some time.  One of these physicians is Dr. Samuel P. Taylor, M.D.

 

Dr. Taylor, M.D. is the NES Medical Site Director of Newman Memorial Hospital Emergency Department and the newly opened Urgent Care Clinic.  He is fluent in Spanish and has been coming to Shattuck for 3 or 4 years.  He has strong beliefs about what makes a good doctor in this community and is excited about the many ways having an urgent care clinic will benefit Shattuck and the surrounding communities.

 

“It’s a good staff that knows the community.  I believe that we are more than just doctors.  We are healers, comforters and reassurers.  We care about our patients and we really listen to them.  When we see a patient and provide them with care, there is a focus on patient education and advocacy.” -Dr. Taylor on the group of physicians working the Urgent Care Clinic

 

Having an Urgent Care Clinic available to members of this community offers more flexible hours than a doctor’s office, which is usually closed in the evening and not open on weekends.  It is also a much more cost effective option compared to an Emergency Room Visit.  According to Dr. Taylor, M.D.,

 

“If a patient comes in through the Emergency Room, there is an ER fee, a hospital fee and a physician fee.  With Urgent Care, there is just one charge.  This will not only improve access, the cost will be less of a barrier.”

 

“One of the really positive things about having Urgent Care available is that often times, people try to take care of their medical issues at home.  Maybe they aren’t established with a primary care physician and their problem isn’t an emergency so they don’t want to go to the ER.  They need a middle of the road option.”

 

One issue that Emergency Rooms around the country face is patients coming through the ER with medical complaints that are not true emergencies. Dr. Taylor, M.D. replied,

 

“The ER is not a place for primary care, but a lot of people just aren’t established with a doctor.  In Urgent Care, we can help get people plugged into a Primary Care Physician. It’s a community resource that can get them integrated into a medical home and get them involved in participating in their care.  This community needs an access point.”

 

“It’s good for the hospital too because it helps retain a patient base and for members in this community it offers continuity in the continuum of care.”

 

Dr. Taylor was also able to illustrate that the Newman Memorial Hospital Urgent Care Clinic offers benefits to the patient that a free-standing urgent care clinic does not.

 

“It’s nice because here they are being seen by a doctor, not a Physician’s Assistant or a Nurse Practitioner.  If they need the Emergency Room, they can flip right over and have the same doctor, the same medical team and their medical record is right there.  They don’t have to wait for a transfer, start all over with another doctor and hope that they can access their chart.  When you go to a hospital-based urgent care, you have the facility and services of the hospital.  A free standing clinic just would not have access to those services.”

 

The Newman Memorial Urgent Care Clinic is now open and accepting walk-in patients.  The hospital is excited about offering this service and providing yet another branch of access to health care for this community.

 

 

 

If you would like to voice your opinion and ideas about the quality and access to healthcare in Ellis County, please take part in the Ellis County Health Needs Assessment survey by clicking here!

 

 

 

 

 

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