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Seattle Children’s Opens Urgent Care Clinic in Mill Creek for Children, Teens and Young Adults

January 17, 2012

Hospital’s Third Urgent Care Clinic Joins Sites in Seattle and Bellevue

Tomorrow, Seattle Children’s Hospital will open a walk-in Urgent Care Clinic at the Seattle Children’s Mill Creek Clinic in Mill Creek, Wash. The new Urgent Care provides treatment for children, teens and young adults ages 0-21 needing non-emergency medical care in the evenings, over the weekends and during the holidays. No appointments or referrals are necessary.

Children’s newest Urgent Care will be staffed by board-certified pediatricians and pediatric nurse practitioners. Urgent Care at Seattle Children’s Mill Creek Clinic adds to Children’s other Urgent Care locations in Bellevue and Seattle.

“In addition to serving as a resource for children, teens and young adults needing non-emergency medical attention that can’t wait for routine doctor’s office assessment, our Urgent Care Clinics help families and insurers save money, ” said Rebecca Partridge, MD, clinical director of Seattle Children’s Urgent Care Clinics. “These care sites provide a less costly alternative – in most cases – to an Emergency Room visit, while at the same time providing families with the highest quality care.”

Children’s Urgent Care Clinics are not intended for serious or life-threatening emergencies. In the event that a child being seen at a Children’s Urgent Care Clinic has an emergent medical need, the patient will be transferred to an Emergency Room (ER).

It can be confusing for parents when deciding to go to the ER or Urgent Care. A quick guide on when to take your child to an Urgent Care Clinic versus the ER can be found here: http://www.seattlechildrens.org/clinics-programs/urgent-care-clinic/emergency-or-urgent-care/, and is also below.

The top reasons for visits to Children’s Urgent Care Clinics include (in order of frequency):

Visits from patients of all ages

  1. Fever
  2. Sore throat
  3. Respiratory infection and coughs, including asthma
  4. Ear infection
  5. Abdominal pain

Visits from teens and young adult patients

  1. Sore throat
  2. Respiratory infection and coughs, including asthma
  3. Abdominal pain
  4. Sports-related injuries including ankle, wrist and closed head injuries
  5. Other closed head injuries

Hours of operation for Urgent Care at Seattle Children’s Mill Creek Clinic will be the same as Children’s Urgent Care Clinics in Bellevue and Seattle: Monday through Friday from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Saturday, Sunday and holidays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Patients typically have a shorter wait time and a lower out-of-pocket expense than a visit to the ER. Notes from a child's visit will be faxed to his or her primary care provider within 24 hours.

Urgent Care at Seattle Children’s Mill Creek Clinic is located in a space that will be utilized during the day for Orthopedic and Sports Medicine outpatient appointments as well as Sports Physical Therapy appointments. These appointments will also begin tomorrow.

Seattle Children’s Mill Creek Clinic is located in the Providence Mill Creek Medical Building - 12800 Bothell Everett Hwy, Ste. 150, Everett, WA 98208. It will also include an on-site sports gym.

About Seattle Children's Hospital

Consistently ranked as one of the best children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Children’s serves as the pediatric and adolescent academic medical referral center for the largest landmass of any children’s hospital in the country (Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho). For more than 100 years, Children’s has been delivering superior patient care and advancing new treatments through pediatric research. Children’s serves as the primary teaching, clinical and research site for the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. The hospital works in partnership with Seattle Children’s Research Institute and Seattle Children’s Hospital Foundation. For more information, visit http://www.seattlechildrens.org.

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