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Walk-in clinics, Telehealth can handle urgent injuries, illnesses

By Staff | Feb 3, 2020

The seasonal influx of visitors means an increase in the need for urgent medical care and it is essential for everyone – residents and visitors – to know where to go for immediate high-quality care, according to Lee Health.

Patients can seek treatment for most common ailments at an urgent care center without visiting the emergency room. For minor injuries and non-life-threatening illnesses, patients can avoid long waits and expensive hospital bills by instead visiting an urgent care center or opting for telehealth.

Urgent care centers provide easy access to physicians and nurses for a wide range of non-emergency injuries or illnesses. Walk-in clinics are ideal for sprains, strains, rashes, cuts, cold and flu, vehicle and work-related injuries and sports physicals. Many locations also have X-ray capabilities for fractures and broken bones (not protruding through the skin).

When it comes to minor sicknesses and injuries, telehealth services, like Lee TeleHealth, offer the luxury of no more waiting rooms, no more sitting in traffic and the option to see a doctor on demand. Lee TeleHealth operates 24/7 and enables a patient to virtually visit with a board-certified physician or advanced provider from the comfort of their homes. Lee TeleHealth is available for the discounted rate of $29 throughout February. For information, visit www.leehealth.org/telehealth/.

“Urgent care clinics and Lee TeleHealth are a great alternative to using the emergency department for non-life-threatening medical issues – especially during season,” Scott Kashman, Lee Health chief officer of hospital operations, said. “They are an easy option for people who don’t have a primary care physician and provide access to expert medical care at a much lower cost.”

Walk-in clinics and Lee TeleHealth are appropriate when:

– You have a non-life-threatening medical issue.

– You are unable to make an appointment with your primary care doctor.

– You do not have a primary care physician.

– Need access to care outside normal business hours.

Many think the ER is the best place to go when they suffer a minor injury or come down with the flu, but there are often better options. ERs may have long wait times for non-life-threatening conditions because doctors there “triage” patients, or treat the most critically ill patients first.

By knowing the best place to go for your medical care, you can get in and out of the doctor’s office faster while helping to keep ER wait times down for those with critical emergencies. If you have a life-threatening illness or injury, remember always to call 911 to seek immediate medical attention.

Lee Health offers four walk-in clinics. The Convenient Care locations are:

– 16230 Summerlin Road, Fort Myers, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily

– 4771 S. Cleveland Ave., Fort Myers, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily

– 13340 Metro Parkway, Fort Myers, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily

– 1682 N.E. Pine Island Road, Cape Coral, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily

The Bonita Community Health Center, at 3501 Health Center Blvd., Bonita Springs, is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. In addition, the Kids Urgent Care, located in the Golisano Health Center, at 3361 Pine Ridge Road, Naples, is open from 11 a.m. to11 p.m. daily.

For more information, visit www.LeeHealth.org or call 239-481-4111.