Convenience and accessibility are of utmost importance when patients are in need of medical care. In order to respond to the needs of the Branson community, Mercy Urgent Care on Highway 248 has extended its hours of service. Mercy realizes that people do not always conveniently get sick or injured during typical business hours.
Mercy Urgent Care is available when people are unable to see their physician during office hours, yet their illness is not serious enough to require an emergency room visit. Patients can walk in without an appointment and get the medical attention they need at a lower out-of-pocket cost and with a shorter waiting time than in the local emergency room.
The clinic is now open 7 a.m.-8 p.m. daily at 1065 S. Highway 248 in Branson.
“It is vital that we are available as much as possible in urgent care in order to keep the emergency room free to handle more serious situations,” said Dr. Charles Woodall of Mercy Urgent Care. “Our newly extended hours allow us to relieve some of the burden on the ER.”
Urgent care is best used for:
Additional services at Mercy Urgent Care include occupational medicine, workers’ compensation care, pre-employment physicals and drug screens, and Department of Transportation physicals.
It’s important to remember urgent care is not a substitute for emergency care. For serious or life-threatening problems, patients should go to the emergency room or call 911.
And when people are unsure of whether they should choose urgent or emergency care, they can certainly call ahead. If Mercy Urgent Care is unable to accommodate the patient’s condition, they will advise him or her to go the nearest emergency room. Mercy’s Nurse on Call program allows a nurse to be available 24 hours a day to answer medical questions or direct patients to the appropriate facility for treatment. To speak with a nurse anytime of day, call 417-820-3182.