Reader Letter: Extending Urgent Care Clinic Hours Would Help with ER Wait Times

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I am a retired registered nurse and I have a solution for some of the emergency room problems in our hospitals.

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Why aren’t urgent care clinics open 24/7 in this city?

Local emergency rooms are often overwhelmed with non-emergency cases. We all know that children often get sick in the afternoon or at night. They end up being taken to the ER with a high fever, rash, sore throat, etc. Instead, they could easily have been cared for in a clinic.

These clinics may be run by nurse practitioners who may order medications, antibiotics, or x-rays.

Then local emergency rooms would be better able to handle true emergencies (heart attacks, accidents, overdoses) and alleviate long wait times.

Instead, these urgent care clinics close at 6pm and don’t reopen until 8am or 9am, which doesn’t make sense to me. Instead, children could be served faster and parents don’t have wait times of hours.

I hope there is some way to consider this solution to help address the issue and not just be ignored.

Jeannette ByrneWindsor

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