Emergency Rooms are for emergencies – not to be used for fevers, cough, rashes, diarrhea and minor injuries. Over loading ER’s with routine health issues threatens the timely care of true emergencies and exposes your child to numerous serious germs, such as MRSA, Flu, Whooping Cough, Rotavirus, TB, etc.
Local ER’s will use physician assistants, medical students and other non-pediatrics trained people to evaluate and treat your non-emergent sick child. ER’s tend to do large numbers of X-rays and labs on routine illnesses. Many times physicians will not even see your child. Coordinating care with these under trained people is very difficult for us.
We do not advise the use of local urgent care centers or walk in clinics for after hour problems. Non-pediatric trained MD’s or nurses staff these facilities. We have experienced numerous medical misadventures with these centers. They do not communicate with us and coordination of care is not possible.
If you desire to have your child evaluated after office hours, Children’s Hospital Medical Center offers urgent care centers to best meet your needs. Their urgent care centers are designed to complement your primary care provider by providing services when doctor’s offices typically are closed.
Urgent Care Locations
Their hours are the following:Monday-Friday: 6 pm – 11 pm Saturday: Noon – 7 pm Sunday: 11 am – 7 pm Closed holidays.
Their hours are the following:Monday-Friday: 3 pm – midnight Saturday, Sunday, Holiday: 9 am – midnight