Peace Island Medical Center open for 'urgent care' Saturdays, starting June 7

Beginning Saturday, June 7, Peace Island Medical Center will replace its scheduled-visit, primary care Saturday clinic with a new "urgent care" method of service.

Urgent care will be available 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in which medical staff will be able to treat many common illnesses and ailments, such as colds, the flu, ear aches, sore throats, fever, rashes, as well as minor injuries, such as sprains, back pain, minor cuts and burns, or minor eye injuries.

Fees will be similar to those of a routine  primary care office visit.

Initial evaluations will be performed by the medical center's Emergency Department staff to determine if a patient meets the criteria of urgent care. Those in need of more "emergent" care will be admitted and treated as emergency room patients.

With regard to urgent care service, PIMC cautions that:

— Refills of narcotic prescriptions will not be granted for those patients subject to a pain contract. Such refills must go through a pharmacy or primary care provider.

— Service will operate on a first-come, first-served basis; however, those in need of urgent care may be asked to wait if the emergency department staff are attending to a patient in need of more advanced, critical care.

On Saturday's, the main entrance of the medical center is closed and those seeking medical attention should enter through the Emergency Department entrance.

For more information, contact PIMC, 360-378-1705



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