Urgent Care Center Opens Today



Contact: Tammy G. Love

Director of Marketing & Medical Staff Development

Phone: (336) 651-8116

Wilkes Journal-Patriot

Wilkes Regional Medical Center's new urgent care facility, Urgent Care of West Park, will open at 5 this afternoon. The center is located in the Diagnostic Imaging Center in the West Park medical complex.

The center will be open on weekdays, 5-9 p.m., and weekends, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

The phone number is 336-903-6840.

Walk-ins welcomed, according to center officials, and patients of all ages will be treated.

The urgent care center will be staffed by midlevels (family nurse practitioners and physician's assistants, and physicians, including: Becky Shatley, FNP-C, Gary Nichols, PA-C, Dr. Binal Ladani, family medicine; Dr. Simret Dev-Raman, family medicine; Dr. Ken Curl, pediatrics/meds: and Loretta Church, registered nurse, are among those who will be working at the center.

According to Wilkes Regional officials, "if you are experiencing chest pain or feel as if you have a life threatening emergency, you should call 9-1-1 immediately. But if you have a minor medical emergency - anything from a sore throat to a sprained ankle - the new after-hours urgent care center at West Park may be just what you need."

The center is located inside the Diagnostic Imaging Center at 1900 West Park Drive and is designed to be an alternative to emergency room care when your family physician is not available.

Examples of the medical conditions treated at the center include ear infections, eye infections, fever, swelling, and minor cuts and burns. Patients are seen on a walk-in basis. Insurance is accepted, and a co-payment may be required.

The Wilkes Regional Medical Center emergency department is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is capable of treating life-threatening conditions.

Examples of when to use the emergency department include when you have symptoms of heart attack, stroke, broken bones, or uncontrolled bleeding.

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