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FORT COLLINS, Colo. (April 26, 2018) – Banner Health is pleased to announce the opening of Banner Urgent Care, an urgent care facility in Fort Collins. Starting May 1 Banner Urgent Care provides a fast, affordable alternative to emergency room care for patients in Fort Collins, Northern Colorado and surrounding areas.
Just in time for summer injury spikes, Banner Urgent Care will offer treatment and evaluations for patients with non-life-threatening conditions. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the season is responsible for 27 percent of the year's emergency department visits in the United States, giving it a slight edge over other seasons for the most visits.
“Urgent care is a modern medical care service that is commonly overlooked and underutilized in our community,” said Devin Minior, MD, MBA, FACEP, chief medical officer Banner Urgent Care Services. “With summer right around the corner, we wanted to take this time to let the community know that typical summer or warm weather-related injuries can be treated at our urgent care facility as opposed to going to the emergency department with a faster response rate and a more cost-effective bill for patients.”
Banner Health recommends using the new urgent care facility for treatment of the following injuries and symptoms:
- Broken/fractured limb – As long as the bone isn’t popping through the skin or is angulated (abnormal or “L” shape in the affected area), the urgent care facility can conduct X-rays and treatment and offer recommendations to visit a specialist for additional support.
- Rolled ankle – In addition to having X-rays on site, the urgent care can conduct splinting/wrapping care if immobilization is needed.
- Snake bite – Unless you are bitten by a rattlesnake, which would require antivenom and is only found in the emergency department, other snake bites and stings can be addressed in the urgent care.
- First-degree burn/sunburn – Painful burns and sunburns can be evaluated, treated and cleaned at an urgent care and then the patient can be moved to the emergency department, if needed.
- Dehydration – Urgent care can get patients rehydrated with IVs.
- Body pain – General body pain in the back, head, face and/or abdominal can be evaluated and treated in the urgent care. Higher risk pain in the chest or heart, or difficulty breathing, should be addressed at the emergency department.
- Common illnesses – The vast majority of common household illnesses including the flu, strep throat, colds and mild injuries can be treated in the urgent care.
Located at 3617 S. College Ave. Suite C, Fort Collins, Banner Urgent Care accepts walk-in appointments as well as pre-scheduled online appointments available online. The urgent care is open 7:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m., seven days a week. To make your appointment visit www.bannerhealth.com/UrgentCare, or call (970)821-1500.