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Hospital to open urgent care in Lakeville

Northfield Hospital & Clinics is bringing urgent care to Lakeville.

Beginning October 15, urgent care providers will be available to see walk-in patients at Urgent Care Lakeville, a service of Northfield Hospital & Clinics, at the corner of Jacquard and County Road 70. Hours will be noon to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. No appointments are necessary.

 The new “urgent care” clinic services will be located side-by-side with the existing primary and specialty care clinics already in place at FamilyHealth Medical Clinic. Urgent Care Lakeville will be staffed by physicians who have backgrounds and experience in emergency medicine, which will be a benefit to diagnoses and to referrals, if they are necessary.

 “We think the urgent care model meets a community need,” said Kathleen Meier, Division Administrator for Clinic Services. “Patients often can’t anticipate their need for medical care. This will give them an important option when the need is now.”

 Urgent care is defined as the delivery of ambulatory medical care outside of a hospital emergency department on an unscheduled, walk-in basis. The scope of service is greater than that of a retail minute clinic, but more cost-effective and timely than a visit to a hospital emergency department.

 Urgent care medical services are similar to those of a primary care clinic, but available even when your regular primary care provider is not. Urgent care is equipped with radiology and laboratory services. Procedure rooms allow for treatment of minor and moderate-severity lacerations

 Urgent care is not designed as a replacement for developing a relationship with a primary care provider, Meier said.  An urgent care center is a convenient option when someone’s regular physician is on vacation or unable to offer a timely appointment. Or, when illness strikes outside of regular office hours, urgent care offers an alternative to waiting for hours in a hospital Emergency Room.

 In addition to urgent care, Northfield Hospital & Clinics also offers primary and specialty care at its clinic. Specialists include OB/GYNs, ENT, and orthopedics. For an appointment with any of these clinicians, call 952-469-0500.