Calvert Memorial Hospital opened its third urgent care center in Prince Frederick on Feb.24. Hospital officials said the location was chosen to make it easier for residents in the central area of the county to access these services. It is also expected to help reduce wait times in the hospital’s emergency department during times of peak volume, like flu season.
“We find that often those who could receive care from an urgent care center choose to use the ER because it is closer to them,” said Dean Teague, chief operating officer at CMH. “We understand that people in today’s society are busy and we want to make it easy to access high quality, convenient and cost-effective care.”
According to Teague, urgent care centers can be a great choice for minor illnesses and injuries such as cold and flu symptoms, nausea, earaches, sore throats, rashes, minor cuts and sports injuries. In general, urgent care centers are also a less expensive option than the ER for these types of services.
He stressed, however, that serious conditions such as chest pain, difficulty breathing, severe bleeding or broken bones should be treated in the Emergency Department that is equipped to deal with them. And for life-threatening conditions, always call 911.
The new Prince Frederick Urgent Care Center is conveniently located on the hospital campus on the first floor of the Calvert Medical Arts Center and will be open from 2-10 p.m. during the week and from noon-10 p.m. on weekends.
All three CMH Urgent Care Centers (Dunkirk, Solomons and now Prince Frederick) are staffed by board-certified physicians on staff at Calvert Memorial Hospital and there are basic X-ray and laboratory services on-site for fast and easy diagnostic testing.
Additionally, he said, same-day appointments are available at the Prince Frederick Urgent Care Center by calling 410-535-8911. You can call as early as 10 a.m. to pre-register or go online and download a pre-registration form.
Teague said it is also important to note that a number of physician offices, especially those in Prince Frederick, offer extended hours and same-day appointments for sick visits. If a patient has an established relationship with a primary care provider, he said, they should consider calling that office first to see if an appointment is available.
The hospital also offers a toll-free referral line at 1-888-906-8773 for those who need help finding a physician. All of the hospital’s urgent care centers accepts most insurance plans as well as Medicare and Medicaid, cash, check, Visa and MasterCard. Self-pay individuals do receive a discount.
For many patients, urgent care centers are a more cost-effective and convenient option for minor illnesses or injuries.