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Medical Help in a Hurry

Having a sick or injured child is every parent’s worst nightmare, especially when it’s outside of their pediatrician’s office hours. A possible solution? Urgent-care clinics that cater to medical issues that need fast attention but maybe aren’t severe enough to land you in the E.R. These clinics often have a shorter wait time than E.R.s, do not require an appointment and often charge an office visit co-pay rather than an emergency co-pay (which, depending on your insurance, can be a big difference!). Check out these local clinics next time your little ones need care.

A-Cute Kids Urgent Care
Multiple locations www.acutekidscare.com
Services offered: Breathing treatments; lab services; X-rays; IV fluids; fracture care and splinting; stitches and other treatments for lacerations; diagnosis of minor illnesses.
Finances: Several insurance plans accepted, including Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield and Pacificare. Co-pays must be paid upon check-in.
Open late: 4:30-11pm Monday-Friday; 12-8pm Saturday-Sunday.
Extra timesaver: The clinic’s Web site offers handy articles that might just give you the information you need without heading to the doctor’s office!

CareNow
Multiple locations
972/599-0077; www.carenow.com
Services offered: Urgent care including X-rays, burn treatments, fractures, strains and sprains; immunizations and flu shots; EKGs; physicals, check-ups and well-woman exams; diagnosis of minor illnesses.
Finances: Many insurance plans accepted; co-pays charged upon check-in. Patients who aren’t using insurance may sign up for a CareNow Healthy Savings Card, which offers sick visits for $68 plus discounts on other services ($18 per month).
Open late: 8am-10pm Monday-Friday; 8am-8pm Saturday; 9am-5pm Sunday.
Extra timesaver: Through CareNow’s Web site, you can have location information and phone numbers texted to your cell phone.

Pediatrics After Hours
11661 Preston Road, Suite 120, Dallas
7212 Independence Pkwy., Plano
214/363-7242; www.pediafterhours.com
Services offered: Urgent care such as treatment of fractures and broken bones (splinting and stabilization only, no casts), X-rays, treatment of colds and flu, asthma therapy and immunizations.
Finances: Most major insurance plans accepted, and regular office co-pays are charged rather than emergency room co-pays. Discounts available for patients who are paying cash.
Open late: 4:30-10:30pm Monday-Friday; 11am-10pm Saturday; 10am-9pm Sunday.
Extra timesaver: Download the clinic’s patient forms from its Web site, which can be printed and filled out before you arrive at the clinic.

QuestCare Urgent Care Clinic
3414 Milton, Dallas (in Snider Plaza)
214/368-4822; www.questcareurgent.com
Services offered: X-rays; wound treatment and stitches; on-site lab services; treatment of sprains, broken bones and strains; vaccinations; treatment for flu, high fevers and minor illnesses.
Finances: The clinic, which opened in September, is working to secure contracts with major insurers; call ahead to confirm whether your insurance is accepted.
Open late: 10am-10pm Monday-Friday; 10am-6pm Saturday; 12-8pm Sunday.
Extra timesaver: The clinic is wired for “telemedicine specialty conferencing,” allowing the clinic’s doctors to consult specialists at Dallas-area hospitals quickly when necessary.

Concentra Medical Center With Urgent Care
2100 E. Randoll Mill Road, Arlington
1132 Everman Pkwy., Fort Worth
4060 Sandshell Drive, Fort Worth
2500 W. Freeway., Fort Worth
817/882-8700; www.concentraurgentcare.com
Services offered: X-rays; on-site lab services; treatment of sprains and strains; vaccinations; treatment for flu, high fevers and minor illnesses.
Finances: Most insurance plans accepted. Co-pay must be paid upon check-in. Discounts offered to patients who pay cash; prices for services posted in office.
Open late: 8am-9pm Monday-Friday; 8am-3pm Saturday; closed Sunday (West Freeway location).
Extra timesaver: The clinic’s Web site offers first aid quick tips that may answer some of your medical questions before you get to the doctor’s office.

Premier Urgent Care
6000 Colleyville Blvd., Suite 150, Colleyville
817/328-3320; www.premier-ucc.com
Services offered: Urgent care for conditions such as fractures and sprains, asthma, abdominal pain and more. X-rays; on-site lab services, routine physicals and vaccinations also available.
Finances: Insurance accepted; co-pays must be paid up front, and patients who don’t use insurance must pay the balance in full before leaving the clinic.
Open late: 10am-8pm Monday-Friday; 9am-6pm Saturday; 12-6pm Sunday.
Extra timesaver: Download the patient registration form from online to fill out—including insurance information—before arriving at the clinic.

ParkRow Medical and Dental
801 W. Park Row, Arlington
817/303-8888; www.myparkrowmd.com
Services offered: Urgent care for burns, fractures or sprains (X-rays can be done in-office), eye injuries and more plus family medical care including immunizations, physicals, flu shots and well-woman exams.
Finances: The clinic accepts a wide range of insurance policies and files patients’ claims. Medicare and Medicaid are also accepted. Co-pays must be paid upon check-in.
Open late: 10am-7pm Monday-Friday; 9am-3pm Saturday; closed Sunday.
Extra timesaver: The clinic offers dental care, too, with no appointment necessary.

Lewisville Family and Urgent Care
751 Hebron Pkwy., Suite 100, Lewisville
972/459-2386; www.lewisvillecare.com
Services offered: Family medical care such as diagnosis of and care for conditions like diabetes, hypertension and sleep apnea; treatment of minor illnesses; physicals, check-ups and well-child exams. Urgent care such as X-rays; wound treatment and stitches; on-site lab services; treatment of sprains and strains; treatment of staph infections.
Finances: Most insurance plans accepted.
Open late: 8am-8pm daily.
Extra timesaver: Before you leave for the clinic, you can download a new patient packet from the office’s Web site, fill it out and fax it back to the number provided.

Minor Emergency of Denton
2438 Lillian Miller Pkwy., Suite 100, Denton
940/382-9898; www.minoremergencyofdenton.com
Services offered: X-rays; minor procedures such as splinting and stitches; lab/phlebotomy services; allergy and tetanus shots; sports physicals; testing for tuberculosis, drugs and pregnancy.
Finances: Insurance accepted; co-pay must be paid upon check-in. Patients not using insurance will be given an estimate of the expected costs and must pay in full upon checkout.
Open late: 8am-10pm Monday-Thursday; 10am-5pm Saturday; and 12-5pm Sunday.
Extra timesaver: You can download the check-in paperwork from the clinic’s Web site to fill out before you arrive.