McFarland Clinic opened a new Urgent Care Clinic at its southside office last week to serve patients during evenings and weekends.
“This provides patients better access to care when they need it,” said Dr. Sarah Renze, a local family practice physician, in a press release. “Over the last few years we have been tracking patient need for a service like this and have determined that the time is right. This is filling a need in the community.”
Area residents do not have to be a McFarland patient but must call ahead to make a same-day appointment. The cost is the same as it would be at the clinic during normal hours.
Insurance is processed in the same way and an office visit copay may cover it, depending on your health care plan, said Kayla Danielson, Urgent Care manager.
Some patients, particularly those without health insurance, will be required to pay up front. A 30 percent discount is available if you pay at the time you receive service, she said.
Wait times, too, should be very similar to a regular doctor visit.
“We think of it more like coming into the office and waiting instead of the emergency room and waiting,” she said.
The Urgent Care Clinic will also work seamlessly with the First Nurse service, which provides a staff person to answer after-hours questions.
“It’s one more option that First Nurse has to offer that person,” said Shelley Geocke, McFarland’s marketing and public relations director.
Also, if your doctor’s office is booked to the end of the day, they may send you on to Urgent Care to set up an appointment that night, she added.
Follow-up care, if necessary, is coordinated with your primary care provider. The service is not meant to replace your regular doctor.
McFarland Clinic launched its first Urgent Care service in Ames in mid-February.
The Marshalltown office is at 303 Nicholas Drive and is open 5 to 9 p.m. on weekdays and noon to 8 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Call 641-844-5200.
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The McFarland Clinic Southside Office in Marshalltown is now also home to a new Urgent Care Clinic offering non-emergency medical care during evenings and weekends.