Urgent Care available over the holidays

Urgent Care available at VMH during the holidays ... Those needing to utilize Urgent Care services are asked to use the front entrance of Veterans Memborial Hospital in Waukon, as pictured above. Urgent Care holiday hours are available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday and Friday, December 24 and 25, as well as Friday, January 1. Submitted photo.

Veterans Memorial Hospital’s Urgent Care is open every Monday-Friday from 5-7 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. and also holidays from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. This holiday season, Urgent Care will be offered at the following times during the holidays:            

• Thursday, December 24  9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
• Friday, December 25  9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
• Friday, January 1  9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

The hospital offers Urgent Care in addition to 24 hour a day Emergency Room (ER) services each and every day. Every hour of every day, the hospital’s ER is staffed with an emergency provider to see ER patients with little waiting.  Urgent Care is offered every day as well including every weeknight, weekend and holiday when the local clinic is closed. Urgent Care is designed for treating injuries or illnesses requiring immediate medical care, but not serious enough to require an emergency department visit.

A registered nurse will assess each patient and decide if Urgent Care or ER is the level of care they need. Examples of what a patient may seek Urgent Care for could include back pain; bladder or urinary tract infection; cough; cuts, scrapes and bruises; diarrhea; fever, colds and flu; ear pain, swimmer’s ear, ear infection, or wax removal; insect or tick bite; joint pain; minor burn; nausea/vomiting; pink eye; rash; seasonal allergies; sinus and upper respiratory infection; sore or strep throat; strains/sprains; sudden back or neck pain; urinary problems or vaginal irritation/discharge. Most insurance does cover Urgent Care visits. Patients can usually expect to pay a copay or deductible for visits to Urgent Care treatment centers.

Anyone needing to utilize the Urgent Care is asked to enter the hospital through the main entrance and register with the receptionist. However, those experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or concerns should call ahead. For more information, call Veterans Memorial Hospital at 563-568-3411.