Healthline: After-hours care expanding in Baton Rouge

Source: WAFB
Source: WAFB

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Imagine visiting a doctor at the same place you buy groceries. It's now possible in Baton Rouge as local and retail clinics extend hours and expand access to healthcare.

Thanks to growing demand, CVS/pharmacy recently opened its third MinuteClinic in the Baton Rouge area inside its store at Highland Road and Lee Drive.

"With identifying healthcare needs and access points, this is a perfect, another cost-effective option for patients," said Shalan Randolph, a nurse practitioner who serves as the region's clinic practice manager.

MinuteClinics are staffed by nurse practitioners seven days a week, and patients are seen on a first-come, first-served basis. A basic visit costs $79, and most insurance is accepted.

"We are able to treat everyday family, common illnesses, such as strep throat, eye, ear, sinus, bladder infections," Randolph explained. "We also provide common immunizations."

The in-store clinics also offer physicals and wellness screenings. Prescriptions can be filled on the spot or transferred to the patient's existing

"People that work nine-to-five jobs, they may not be able to get into their regular doctor's office during the day, so this is a great option for evenings," Randolph added.

MinuteClinic hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5:30

There's another new option for after-hours care just a few miles away on Bluebonnet Blvd.

Baton Rouge Orthopedic Clinic is now open nights and weekends inside the Surgical Specialty Center.

"There's a lot of times where orthopedic injuries do not need to go into an emergency room, and it's nice to be able to offer specialized care in that outpatient setting, especially in an after-hours environment," said Tony Van Duzee, a physician assistant and the after-hours coordinator.

Sprains, strains, simple fractures, and dislocations can all be handled at the clinic, without the hassle and cost of an emergency room or urgent care visit.

"The patient still has to find an orthopedist to follow up that care, whereas here it's just basically a step that you're eliminating in that process," Van Duzee said. "We kind of unload some of the easier things that they don't have to manage or worry about in an emergency room."

A visit to the After Hours Clinic is billed as a normal appointment with a specialist.

Hours are Monday through Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.

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