Written by: John DeRousie, Custom Marketing Solutions
FULTON, NY – In an effort to better service its patients, OCO Health Centers have established walk-in clinics at both OCO’s Oswego and Fulton health centers.
Existing patients of OCO Health Centers are able to receive medical treatment quickly at the walk-in clinics for acute illnesses and minor injuries.
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OCO health providers at the walk-in clinics provide a wide range of care when medical conditions require prompt attention and there is no immediate, serious threat to health or life.
“We have seen a significant increase in the demand for same day appointments and our patients were concerned about not being able to see their medical provider on the day they call. To satisfy that need and increase our same day access we established our walk-in clinics,” said Tricia Clark, director of practice operations for the OCO Health Centers.
Clark added that the clinics allow OCO to reach its goal of providing its patients with accessible, quality services in a timely manner.
“There was need for our patients to be able to access medical care from their primary care provider rather than visiting an urgent care or the emergency room for minor injuries and acute illnesses. Many of our patients’ work schedules may not offer the flexibility to leave work during the day for a scheduled appointment. OCO’s walk-in clinics offers our patients the opportunity to have their immediate health concerns addressed, before their workday begins so that they do not have to worry about any interruptions during their day. We strive to provide our patients with the health services they need when it is convenient for them without a long stay in a waiting room or the constraints of a scheduled appointment,” said Clark.
According to Penny Halstead of OCO Health services the response to OCO’s walk-in clinics has been excellent.
“Since their opening on June 22, our walk-in clinics have served more than 100 patients. With our electronic medical records system medical records for our existing patients are easily assessable, so it makes for a quick visit. There definitely was a need for this level of medical service and we are happy to be able to meet that need,” said Halstead.
John Halstead, the first patient to use OCO’s walk-in clinics, was impressed with how quickly his visit went.
“When I woke up that morning I knew I was pretty sick. With my work schedule I didn’t have time to call my doctor, hope he had an appointment open and then wait for him to see me. I decided to visit the walk-in clinic in Fulton and I’m glad I did. Sign-in was quick and easy and after a short wait I saw a health care provider and was on my way with a prescription for an ear and throat infection and at work on time. It was a nice experience and I would certainly recommend OCO’s walk-in clinics,” said Halstead.
Halstead added that OCO patients should seek walk-in clinics care for:
Ear or sinus pain
Minor burns and bruises
Pediatric illnesses– such as a child with a fever
Rash or hives
Possible yeast infection
Vomiting/diarrhea for more than 24 hours
OCO clinics are open Monday and Friday, 8 to 10 a.m., at OCO’s Fulton Health Center, 522 S. Fourth St., Fulton; and Tuesday and Wednesday from 8 to 10 a.m. at OCO’s Oswego Health Center, 10 George St., Oswego.
For more information, call Halstead at 315-592-0721.
OCO, Inc is a private, non-profit agency that has been supporting communities throughout Oswego County since 1966.
A member agency of the United Way of Greater Oswego County, OCO provides more than 50 vital services throughout 80 separate locations.