The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) opened the first after-hours urgent care facility dedicated exclusively to children in Mays Landing, NJ on July 22.
Staffed by CHOP pediatricians and nurses specialized in pediatric care, the Urgent Care Center in Atlantic County provides after-hours care for children with mild to moderate, non-life-threatening illnesses or injuries that do not require the resources of an emergency room. Located within the existing CHOP Specialty Care Center at 4009 Black Horse Pike, the Urgent Care Center is open when parents and children need quick access to care– evenings, weekends and holidays. Hours of operation are weekdays from 4 to 11 pm, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 10 pm, and holidays from 4 to 11 pm.
“Children get sick and injured on their own schedule – often outside office hours,” said Magna Chang Dias, MD, medical director of the Urgent Care Center. “Whether it’s a late-night fever or weekend injury on the sports field, parents will now have peace of mind knowing that expert care is available when their children need it most.”
CHOP experts will treat children with non-life-threatening, non-emergent illnesses such as ear infections, rashes, headaches, minor burns, wounds requiring stitches, mild to moderate asthma, and broken bones without obvious deformities or sprains. Onsite X-ray and lab facilities enable timely diagnostic testing and treatment.
In order to make care as seamless as possible, a child’s pediatrician will receive a prompt report of each visit with a detailed summary of care provided, a list of any medications prescribed or administered, and a treatment plan.
“The Urgent Care Center is not meant to replace a child’s relationship with his or her pediatrician,” said Dias. “We are here to serve as a resource when their offices are closed, and children need immediate care.”
With lower co-pays and shorter wait times than emergency rooms, urgent care is a convenient solution for parents seeking high-quality pediatric care after hours. Children requiring emergency care should be treated at their local ER. The Urgent Care Center does not treat serious, life-threatening illnesses, or injuries or conditions such as poisoning, seizures, severe difficulty breathing or swallowed objects.
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has a well-established history of providing top-notch pediatric care close to home through its CHOP Care Network, which has more than 50 locations throughout the region. The After-Hours Urgent Care Center is housed within the CHOP Specialty Care Center in Atlantic County, which has provided outpatient specialty medical and surgical physician services and ancillary testing to families in coastal and central New Jersey since 2004.
“The Urgent Care Center in Atlantic County is a welcome addition to the CHOP Care Network and enables us to expand our services in South Jersey, by offering convenient state-of-the-art, family-friendly care to local families,” said Madeline Bell, CHOP president and chief operating officer. “Opening an Urgent Care Center marks a new chapter in the growth of the CHOP Care Network.”