Del Norte residents will soon have another option available for urgent care in the county.
Humboldt County-based Redwood Urgent Care is scheduled to open a clinic in Crescent City, providing care for acute non-life threatening ailments including lacerations, fevers and fractures, said Lynn Szabo, the physician assistant staffing the clinic.
The new clinic is expected to open in late September or early October in Suite B, 286 M St., Crescent City, she said. Its office hours will be from 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Szabo said.
Dr. Wahidullah Wahidullah, who owns Redwood Urgent Care, will be the supervising physician at the Crescent City clinic, Szabo said. Wahidullah was a hospitalist at Sutter Coast Hospital about 10 years ago, according to Szabo.
“He’s always remembered the community,” she said, “always saw the need for more providers and he’s planning on building four urgent cares in Humboldt and Del Norte County.”
There is already a Redwood Urgent Care Clinic in Eureka. The Crescent City clinic will be the second Wahidullah is moving forward with, Szabo said.
Once it’s up and running, the clinic will suture simple lacerations, provide x-rays, splint and do initial care for fractures, offer tetanus shots as well as sports physicals, Szabo said. The clinic wouldn’t provide care for chronic conditions such as managing diabetes or a heart-related condition, she said. It also wouldn’t be available for a more life-threatening situation like loss of consciousness, Szabo said.
“Specifically we don’t do chronic pain,” she said. “We won’t be prescribing narcotics. That’s something somebody needs to work out with their primary care provider.”
According to Szabo, Redwood Urgent Care is still in the process of working out what insurance providers it will contract with. The practice is not contracted with Partnership Health, the local MediCal provider, however that may be a possibility in the future at the Crescent City clinic, she said.
The clinic will have a private pay option, Szabo said. Office visits will be $99, she said. Sutures are $50, and if someone needs an in-house test like a test for throat culture or a pregnancy test, those are included in the $99 office visit, Szabo said.
Redwood Urgent Care will also be advertising for receptionists and nursing assistants, Szabo said. The urgent care practice has already received an application for a radiology technician, she said.
For Szabo herself, who has experience working as a physician assistant in Smith River, returning to Crescent City is very much like coming home.
“I’m so happy I can come back with some resources that are like-minded,” she said. “We just want to help.”
Dr. Greg Duncan, chairman of the Del Norte Healthcare District said to his knowledge, the only other urgent care clinic in Del Norte is Sutter Coast Walk-in Clinic. Although he didn’t know about the new urgent care clinic, Duncan said he was happy to hear that Del Norters will have another option.
“Any time we can add services and give patients more choice or more coverage, it’s a good thing,” he said. “So I’m happy to hear it.”
For more information about Redwood Urgent Care, visit www.redwoodurgentcare.com.
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