Imagine, your child has a roaring fever and you need to do something. The last thing you want is to wait for hours in a room full of other sick and injured people, only to be seen by a doctor who doesn’t specialize in pediatric care and end up getting an incorrect or delayed diagnosis and an outrageous bill.
With this typical situation in mind, the good folks at Texas Children’s decided to open their own Texas Children’s Urgent Care facility right here in the Heights.
The clinic opened this Tuesday, April 25, at 2200 Yale St., Suite 120. The clinic will be staffed with only physicians, nurses, and physician assistants who specialize in pediatric care.
“We have designed our clinic to fit the needs of the Heights community in a number of ways,” said Dr. Stanley Spinner, chief medical officer for Texas Children’s Pediatrics and Texas Children’s Urgent Care. “We noticed a need for cheaper after-hours care and have determined our fees and hours of operation in response to that need. We also aim to consistently get all patients in and out within one hour and with a correct diagnosis from our specialized pediatric staff.”
Texas Children’s Urgent Care physicians will be able to diagnose and treat numerous ailments, illnesses and conditions, including: asthma, strep throat, fever, minor burns, influenza, ear infections, allergic reactions and more.
Texas Children’s Urgent Care will be open Monday through Friday, from 4:30-11 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, from noon-8 p.m.
Texas Children’s has made themselves available during the early hours as well by also relocating their Texas Children’s Pediatrics general care clinic, from the 610 Loop to directly next to the urgent care facility.
Spinner makes it clear that the proximity of the urgent care facility to the general care clinic should not deter physicians from referring patients to their urgent care clinic, as Texas Children’s appreciates and respects the trust of others and does not look to steal patients from their already established primary care facilities.
Texas Children’s Pediatrics general care will be open Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday, 8:30 to 11 a.m.
The opening of this new facility is about more than the all-mighty dollar for Texas Children’s employees; it is about servicing the needs of the community in the most respectful and appropriate way possible.
“I was in my practice for 27 years before I took on this role as chief medical officer,” said Spinner, “and we often saw our families getting taken care of inappropriately and by non pediatric trained personnel. So I worked to create a system that provides the right care, at the right place, at the right time, for the right cost.”
The Texas Children’s Urgent Care clinics in other areas have been very successful and Spinner expects nothing but more success for this new location in the Heights.