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

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.