When do you need a walk-in clinic or the Emergency department?
Many people turn to the Emergency department as their first choice. While it is not uncommon for the Emergency department at Baptist Health Paducah to treat all kinds of illnesses, from the common cold to a heart attack, people can save time and money by choosing the appropriate provider for different needs.
The Emergency department is for emergencies. The sudden onset of severe headaches, chest pain, fainting spells and neurological issues should be evaluated in the ED because of their potential to be life-threatening.
For NON-life-threatening conditions – medicine refills, pregnancy tests or ongoing treatment for a chronic condition – there are more convenient walk-in choices, where you can see a health professional without an appointment:
- Baptist Health Prime Care, on the main campus at 2501 Kentucky Ave, is open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.
- Baptist Express Care, in Walmart SuperCenters on Hinkleville Road and Irvin Cobb Drive, are open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Mondays through Fridays; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays.
David Saxon, MD, and I treat patients at Baptist Health Prime Care, along with nurse practitioners and nurses. We provide primary care, as well as offer on-site lab and X-ray.
Prime and Express Care clinics both are equipped to handle ailments such as:
- Minor headaches, back pain
- Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
- Minor allergic reactions
- Coughs, sore throat
- Bumps, cuts, scrapes
- Rashes, minor burns
- Minor fever, colds
- Ear or sinus pain
- Sprains, strains
- Eye swelling, pain, irritation or redness
I also serve as the medical director of Baptist Express Care, a good walk-in option for fast, affordable basic healthcare services, including check-ups, vaccinations, screenings and treatment for minor injuries for people over 2 years old. Express Care is operated by well-trained nurse practitioners and often you’re in-and-out in a flash. Prices are posted so patients know the cost before treatment; and cash, credit cards and most major insurance plans are accepted.
Both locations will be closed on Christmas. If you have a question about where to go, ask our nurses at Baptist Health Line at 270.575.2918.
– William Conyer, MD, family practice physician