PITTSBURGH – Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC will open a new Express Care center in West Mifflin on Tuesday. Children’s Express Care-West Mifflin will be open after hours and on weekends and feature Children’s physicians who can provide treatment for minor injuries and illnesses.
Like existing Children’s Express Care centers, the West Mifflin center will be open from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m., Monday through Friday, and from 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. No appointments are necessary and free parking is available on site. Most health insurances will be accepted and copayments generally will be much less than for visits to emergency departments.
“We are pleased to offer after-hours care to families in West Mifflin and surrounding areas, as the need for extended hours has increased,” said Raymond Pitetti, M.D., medical director of Children’s Express Care. “We look forward to expanding our ranges of pediatric services with talented medical experts from Children’s Hospital.”
Treatment at the new location will include:
- animal bites
- bee stings
- bronchitis, pneumonia and asthma attacks
- colds, fever, flu and other viral illnesses
- cuts, bumps, lacerations, abrasions and splinters
- ear, throat and sinus infections
- incisions and abscess drainage
- nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and dehydration assessment
- pink eye
- rashes, poison ivy and allergic reactions
- simple fractures, twists, sprains, strains and dislocations
- tick bites
- urinary tract infections
X-ray services and a variety of other tests also will be offered at the locations.
If a child’s injury or illness requires emergency care, Express Care patients will be transported to the Emergency Department at Children’s Hospital’s main campus in Lawrenceville. Express Care patients requiring follow-up care will be referred back to their own pediatricians with an update of the outcome of the visit.