Come help UI Health Care celebrate its first Urgent Care clinic on August 25

You’re invited to drop by UI Health Care’s new Urgent Care clinic on Scott Boulevard in Iowa City on Saturday, August 25, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., for kids’ activities, giveaways, treats, and more. Kids can even bring in their favorite stuffed animal for a checkup.

Offering convenient extended hours and staffed by advanced practice providers, Urgent Care is a new option for patients with acute illnesses who don’t need to go to the emergency room, according to Katherine L. Imborek, MD, UI Health Care director of offsite primary care.

“Urgent Care will take care of patients with any condition usually seen at our UI QuickCare locations—including sprains and strains, minor injuries resulting in cuts and scrapes, sore throats, ear pain, and skin rashes—but Urgent Care will also care for patients who are too sick for UI QuickCare,” Imborek says. “Our advanced practice providers at Urgent Care use X-rays, lab tests, IV fluids, and medications to diagnose and treat more complex issues such as broken bones, dehydration, and migraine headaches.”

Imborek says patients should continue to go to the emergency room for conditions like chest pain, severe shortness of breath, stroke-like symptoms, head injuries, thoughts of suicide, and fever in infants under 6 months of age.

Urgent Care also offers UI Health Care’s new online tool that allows patients to reduce their wait time at the clinic by saving a spot in advance from the comfort of home. By visiting Urgent Care on a smartphone or computer, patients can reserve a spot quickly and easily before heading to the clinic.

UI Health Care has prepared a frequently asked questions page for patients who have questions about the differences between Urgent Care and UI QuickCare and the advantages and limitations of online self-scheduling.

Urgent Care, located at 3640 Middlebury Road, just off Scott Boulevard, in Iowa City is open on weekdays from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., on weekends from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and all holidays (except Christmas and Thanksgiving) with reduced hours.