Dr. Hendershot Talks About the Benefits of Urgent Care Centers
Wednesday on KFYO Mornings with Dave King and Matt Martin Doctor Kerry Hendershot joined Dave and Matt for day 3 of the discussions about the differences between urgent care facilities and full-fledged hospital emergency rooms.
The topic of discussion for the day was what an urgent care center is good for, when you should go to one, and what they are equipped to do there. One benefit of these centers that are part of the Covenant network is that they can easily send a patient to another medical facility if needed. "We're part of the Covenant network and so we can move people within the Covenant system pretty easily whether it's from our urgent care to the emergency room to directly to the hospital depending on the patients needs at the time of presentation," Dr. Hendershot explained.
He also discussed the types of injuries they are prepared to handle there. He explained that they generally deal with coughs, colds, lacerations, minor lacerations, some broken bones, and generalized abdominal pain. "We're able to take care of pretty much anything," Dr. Hendershot elaborated. Their facilities have extended hours and certain locations are open 365 days a year.
The doctor also talked about a system that will allow you to check in online before you go into an urgent care facility. You can go to covenantmedicalgroup.org/urgentcare and use the 'Check In Now' app to register, look at the wait times on all the clinics, and select a time to go in.
Watch the full interview in the video above.