Families urged to use new Cook Children’s Urgent Care Center for non-emergencies.

Posted Thursday, Jun. 13, 2013  comments  Print Reprints
Cook Children’s Urgent Care Center When to use Cook Children’s Urgent Care: Ear infections/pain Strep/sore throats Cold Symptoms Flu Mild dehydration Respiratory illnesses; including Respiratory Syncytial Virus, bronchitis, pneumonia and asthma without severe breathing difficulty Sprains and possible broken bones Minor cuts Vomiting Diarrhea Infected bug bites Foreign body removal (marbles, beans) Urinary infection symptoms Pinworms, ringworm, rashes and pink eye Painful muscle strains Head injuries without loss of consciousness or vomiting When to use Cook Children’s Emergency Department Severe bleeding that does not stop after 15 minutes of direct pressure Severe allergic reactions and/or breathing problems Coughing up or vomiting blood Sudden severe joint pain with swelling Insect stings accompanied by breathing difficulties Swallowing poison or choking Not being able to move or speak Severe or persistent vomiting or diarrhea Gaping wound (edges won’t come together) Head injury with loss of consciousness, vomiting or causing dizziness/confusion Obvious broken bones or dislocated joints Fever in infants under 8 weeks Diabetes/blood sugar issues Source: Cook Children’s Medical Center

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A new urgent care center is expected to help alleviate emergency room wait times at Cook Children’s Medical Center by providing after after-hours treatment for non-emergency situations.

Cook Children’s Urgent Care Center is across the street from the medical center, which is located at 801 7th Ave. in Fort Worth.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer this service at our medical center campus in Fort Worth and to meet the ever-growing need of our patient population,” said Nancy Cychol , president of Cook Children’s Medical Center in a press release.

“This is much more convenient when symptoms are not life-threatening or if a child becomes sick after their pediatrician’s office has closed,” she stated.

The urgent care center opened on June 3. There were 240 patients served in the first week of operation, according to Cook Children’s.

The facility has a pediatric-trained staff for patients from birth to 21 years, seven days a week from 7 a.m. to midnight. There are currently two other urgent care centers operated by Cook Children’s - one in Southlake and one in Hurst.

Diane Smith, 817-390-7675 Twitter: @dianeasmith1

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