PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 3, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) today opened an after-hours urgent care center in Glen Mills, PA, dedicated exclusively to children. CHOP also operates pediatric urgent care centers in King of Prussia, PA and Chalfont, PA.
"We are excited to now offer urgent care in three locations throughout the extensive CHOP Care Network, making it even more convenient for local families to get expert pediatric care in their communities," said Doug Hock, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at CHOP. "CHOP Urgent Care Centers provide families with a new way to receive the appropriate level of care in a fast, convenient and child-friendly environment."
Staffed by CHOP pediatricians, and nurses specialized in pediatric care, the Urgent Care Center in Glen Mills provides after-hours care for children with mild to moderate, non-life-threatening illnesses or injuries that do not require the resources of an emergency room. Located within the existing CHOP Specialty Care Center at 819 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills, PA 19342, the Urgent Care Center is open when parents and children need quick access to care — evenings, weekends and holidays. Hours of operation are weekdays from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sundays from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., and holidays.
"Children get sick and injured on their own schedule – often outside of office hours," said Jennifer Brod, MD, Medical Director of Urgent Care, Brandywine Valley. "Whether it's a late-night fever or unexpected injury over the weekend or holiday, parents will now have peace of mind knowing that expert care from CHOP's pediatric specialists is available when their children need it most."
CHOP experts will treat children with non-life-threatening, non-emergent illnesses such as ear aches, rashes, headaches, minor burns, wounds requiring stitches, mild to moderate asthma, and broken bones without obvious deformities or sprains. On-site X-ray and lab facilities enable timely diagnostic testing and treatment.
In order to make care as seamless as possible, a child's pediatrician will receive a prompt report of each visit with a detailed summary of care provided, a list of any medications prescribed or administered, and a treatment plan.
"The Urgent Care Center is not meant to replace a child's relationship with his or her pediatrician," said Brod. "We are here to serve as a resource when their offices are closed, and children need immediate care."
With lower co-pays and shorter wait times than emergency rooms, urgent care is a convenient solution for parents seeking high-quality pediatric care after hours. Children requiring emergency care should be treated at their local ER. The Urgent Care Center does not treat serious, life-threatening illnesses or injuries, or conditions such as poisoning, seizures, severe difficulty breathing or swallowed objects.
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia has a well-established history of providing top-notch pediatric care close to home through its CHOP Care Network, which has more than 50 locations throughout the region. The After-Hours Urgent Care Center is housed within the Brandywine Valley Specialty Care & Surgery Center, which opened in October 2015.
About Children's Hospital of Philadelphia: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia was founded in 1855 as the nation's first pediatric hospital. Through its long-standing commitment to providing exceptional patient care, training new generations of pediatric healthcare professionals, and pioneering major research initiatives, Children's Hospital has fostered many discoveries that have benefited children worldwide. Its pediatric research program is among the largest in the country. In addition, its unique family-centered care and public service programs have brought the 535-bed hospital recognition as a leading advocate for children and adolescents. For more information, visit http://www.chop.edu
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