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March 25, 2009 > Urgent Care When It Matters Most

Urgent Care When It Matters Most

Clinic Offers Weekend, Evening Care for Minor Illness, Injury

It's Sunday after 5 p.m. and the finger you caught in the car door earlier in the day is starting to swell. You're not sure if you need an X-ray, and the pressure under your nail is excruciating. The thought of waiting until the doctor's office opens in the morning just makes your finger hurt more.

Wouldn't it be nice to know that there's an alternative to the emergency room, even on the weekend?

Extended hours make accessing care easier

Washington Urgent Care, located at 2500 Mowry Avenue in Fremont, just across the street from Washington Hospital, offers convenient, walk-in care when you need it most. Whether it's a weekend or when you can't get in to see your regular doctor because it's after hours, the friendly staff at Washington Urgent Care can help bridge the gap.

"A large number of accidents occur during the hours when most doctors' offices have closed for the day," according to Patti Coffey, R.N., nurse manager of the clinic. "Our extended hours offer a vital service since no other local urgent care centers are open past 5 p.m."

Open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week, the clinic's extended hours can also help you from missing work. And during the evenings, wait-times are offer much shorter than the emergency room.

One-stop location for care

Washington Urgent Care staff members are there to treat patients of all ages for medical needs including:
* Colds, coughs, flu and flu-related symptoms
* Lacerations
* Injuries, such as cuts and bruises
* On-the-job illness and injury, or other work-related needs

"The clinic offers convenient access to X-ray and laboratory services means added convenience for the patient because our clinic is one stop for care," Coffey points out. "There's no running around. Patients only have to register at one location. It streamlines the process for people who are coming to us when they're ill or injured and need care fast."

On weekend evenings, Coffey says the clinic typically serves patients needing medical attention for minor injuries and symptoms of colds and coughs, but many people also come to the clinic during weekends for treatment of ailments that they do not want to take time off of work to take care of.

Helping limit out-of-pocket costs

For illnesses and injuries that just can't wait, but don't require emergency room care, Washington Urgent Care offers another important benefit to patients looking to limit their out-of-pocket costs.

"A visit to the clinic for many minor health concerns is less costly than a trip to the emergency room," Coffey says. "And the clinic has low co-pays which can help keep patients' costs down, especially for weekend and evening care."

As part of Washington Hospital Healthcare System, Washington Urgent Care has implemented a prompt-pay discount policy to uninsured residents of Washington Township Health Care District for all medically necessary inpatient and outpatient services.

For residents of Fremont, Newark, Union City, unincorporated Sunol and south Hayward, this means that those who prefer to pay for procedures on a cash basis will receive an additional 10 percent discount above and the 35 percent cash discount the hospital already offers for a total discount of 45 percent.

For additional details about Washington Hospital's discount policy, visit, click on "About Us," and select "CEO Quarterly Message" from the drop-down menu.

Convenience and friendly care

Coffey says patients that come to the clinic most often comment on the convenience the clinic offers for urgent care issues and also the friendliness of the staff and physicians. Ninety-eight percent of patients that receive care at the clinic rate the overall care at the clinic as good or excellent.

Evening Hours Seven Days a Week

WHAT: Washington Urgent Care
WHERE: 2500 Mowry Ave., Suite 212, Fremont
HOURS: Open every day, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
PHONE: (510) 608-6174

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