Bryn Mawr, PA — On Saturday, June 1, Bryn Mawr will see a new children’s pediatric urgent care center open at 633 W. Lancaster Ave.. The center is described as an after-hours Urgent Care Center dedicated exclusively to children. It will be operated by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).
CHOP pediatricians and nurses specialized in pediatric care will staff the facility. The facility is designed to provide care for children with mild to moderate non-life-threatening injuries or illnesses that do not require the full resources of an emergency room.
“The Haverford Urgent Care Center is not meant to replace a family’s relationship with their child’s pediatrician,” said Gina Murray, Medical Director, CHOP Urgent Care. “Instead, we are here to serve as a resource at times when most pediatrician offices are closed, and children need immediate care.”
To ensure continuity of care, a child’s pediatrician will receive a prompt report of each visit with a detailed summary of care provided, a list of any medications prescribed or administered, and corresponding treatment plan.
The Urgent Care Pediatric Facility will be open for children needing quick access to care — evenings, weekends and holidays when most pediatricians are winding down for the day or are closed.
Chop’s new facility will be open on weekdays from 2 to 10 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sundays from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., and holidays.
CHOP’s experts will treat children with illnesses such as ear infections, rashes, headaches, minor burns, wounds requiring stitches, mild to moderate asthma, sprains and broken bones without obvious deformities. For injuries that may require imaging services, X-ray services will be offered on site and films will be read by a CHOP pediatric radiologist.
The facility’s official name is CHOP Urgent care, Haverford and it will be housed in the same building as CHOP Primary Care, Haverford. That facility opened in the last few years and is reportedly very successful in attracting patients.
CHOP officials stated that worthwhile pediatric urgent care is a convenient solution for parents seeking high-quality care after hours, children requiring emergency care should be treated at their local ER. CHOP Urgent Care Centers are not equipped to definitively manage serious, life-threatening illnesses or injuries, fever in infants less 2 two months old, or conditions such as poisoning, seizures, or severe difficulty breathing.
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has a well-established history of providing advanced pediatric care close to home through its CHOP Care Network, which has more than 50 primary care offices, specialty care and surgical centers, urgent care centers and community hospital alliances throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York.
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