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Patients should plan to use clinic walk-in hours for minor illness

Staff writer

Patients seeking medical attention at St. Luke Medical Clinic in Marion should know walk-in clinic hours are for the evaluation and treatment of minor illness and injuries.

“Some people come in a little confused as to what they can see us for during
walk-in hours,” St. Luke Medical Clinic Manager Tammy Snelling said. “Sometimes people come in for a medicine refill check or diabetes issues, but for those types of things patients should schedule appointments.”

Walk-in hours are from 8 to 9 a.m. Monday through Friday. About 8 to 12 patients can receive care during that time, Snelling said.

“We usually have two or three medical providers on-duty during walk-in hours, and we normally schedule four patients per provider,” she said. “Each patient gets about 15 minutes with a provider.”

Snelling said patients should plan to use walk-in hours for “basic little things” like allergies, cold or flu, fever, skin rash, muscle strain or sprain, urinary pain, earache, sore throat, pink eye, or coughs.

Snelling said treatment is not limited to those things.

However, patients should schedule appointments for things that take longer like (but not limited to) a pap smear, a trucking physical, general or work physical, and an ADHD consultation.

For walk-in care, patients should also try to arrive early because service is administered on a “first-come-first-served basis,” Snelling said. If staff is unable to see a patient, they will make every attempt to see them as soon as possible.

For more information about walk-in clinic operation or for general questions, call the clinic office at (620) 382-2033.

Last modified Feb. 19, 2015

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