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NUMC offers evening walk-in clinic appointments
Based on the success of the Saturday Walk-in Clinic and patient needs, New Ulm Medical Center's clinic began offering Evening Walk-in Clinic appointments March 14, 2011.
The evening hours are Monday through Thursday, 5 to 7:30 p.m. Patients can be seen without an appointment for specific symptoms or problems:
Infants under two months may not be seen in the walk-in clinic. The Saturday Walk-in Clinic continues to be open every Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
"When we opened the Saturday Walk-in Clinic in 2005, we quickly saw that it was filling a very important need in the community," said NUMC Director of Clinic Operations Jeff Messenger. "The Evening Walk-in Clinic hours will fill a similar need for our patients."
The Saturday Walk-in Clinic saw an average of 30 patients each Saturday in 2010.
The NUMC Clinic continues to look for ways to improve access, Messenger said, and the Evening Walk-in Clinic is just one of those initiatives.
"We also added a physician assistant position in 2010 to help with same-day appointments when patients are unable to get in to see their own provider on a same-day basis," Messenger said.
Other physicians have added days or partial days in their clinic schedules to help with access issues and recruitment of physicians to meet community needs is ongoing, Messenger said.
A visit to either the Saturday Walk-in Clinic or the Evening Walk-in Clinic is billed the same as a regular clinic visit – far more cost effective than an urgent care or emergency room visit.
To find out more about the walk-in clinics, call 507-217-5011. However, no appointment is necessary for a walk-in clinic visit.