- Created on Wednesday, February 13 2013 05:00
It’s a weekend evening and your throat is really sore. You need immediate relief. Your physician’s office is closed and you can’t afford the expensive co-payment for a visit to the hospital emergency department. Where do you turn for quick and affordable medical care?
The new Urgent Care Center at Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford will have you in and out on the road to recovery in no time. The modern Center is adjacent to the Emergency Department on the ground level of the hospital and is easily accessible from Interstate 93 North and South. No appointment is needed. Walk right in and you will be seen by a team of emergency medicine providers who are committed to providing you with prompt, personalized care all without expensive emergency room copay.
The Center treats adults and children with minor injuries and medical problems like bumps and bruises, aches and pains 365 days a year, from morning to night. If patients require a higher level of care they can quickly be transferred to the Emergency Department for further treatment.
According to a recent report released by the state, 49 percent of all emergency department visits in Massachusetts are for low acuity, non-emergent conditions that could be easily treated in an urgent care setting.
Unique to the Center, you will be greeted by an experienced Patient Access Navigator who will make you feel at ease, coordinate your visit and arrange any testing or follow-up appointments you may need. The navigator will also help you find a primary care or specialty physician if needed. If you require a higher level of medical care they will be quickly transferred to the hospital’s emergency department. And unlike other urgent care centers, the LMH service is supported by Hallmark Health System ensuring quick access to laboratory tests, advanced diagnostic and therapeutic treatments.
“The center is a great benefit to our entire region,” said Lori Stevens, associate chief nursing officer and LMH site administrator. “Unlike other centers, we have a highly trained team of emergency medicine providers ready to deliver prompt care to our patients, weekdays, weekends and holidays. We recognize that adults and kids have busy lives, which is why we are committed to providing them with quick and effective treatment at a time that fits in their schedule.”
The Center, which has been completely renovated, will enhance the former Prompt Care model and will be located in its former space on the ground level of the hospital, adjacent from the Emergency Department.
The Center is open every day of the year. Hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and weekends and holidays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. No appointment is necessary.
Treatments/evaluations offered for:
Common illnesses: allergies, bladder infections, coughs, sinus infections, ear infections, sore throat, rashes and viruses.
Minor injuries: cuts/scrapes, minor burns, sprains and contusions.
Other: back/muscle pain, fractures/dislocations, cuts/lacerations, infections, immunizations and medication injections.
To learn more about the Center, call (781) 306-6100 or visit urgentcaring.org.