VIENNA - The Mid-Ohio Valley Medical Group will be doing an After Hours Clinic starting in November.
The physicians at the medical practice recently agreed to do an extended hours walk-in clinic at the practice in Vienna, said practice manager Stephanie Gibbs.
Starting Nov. 1, patients can come in Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon for their acute care needs if something develops late in the day or early on Saturday.
"We wanted to provide patients with the opportunity to see one of our physicians here after hours," Gibbs said.
The clinic would be an alternative for patients who might go to an urgent care practice or seek treatment for a non-life-threatening condition at a local emergency room.
"This is another option," Gibbs said.
The clinic is for people looking for treatment options for things like colds, aches and pains.
The decision to do the clinic came from wanting to have their patients come to familiar surroundings and be treated by either their doctor or someone closely affiliated with their doctor, she said.
The provider on duty will have access to their records from the medical group in helping to determine a course of action.
"We think they would rather come here rather than go somewhere where they don't know the physician or go somewhere they were not familiar with," Gibbs said.
The physicians and nurse practitioners of the medical group will regularly rotate through the clinic's schedule.
"One provider will be available during clinic hours - either a physician or nurse practitioner," Gibbs said.
Parkersburg Radiology will be open during clinic hours to provide X-ray services. Bond's Drug will try to adjust its hours to be available for the patients.
The practice's lab will be open for those seen at the clinic only. It will not be open during the extended hours for those who have an order from their doctor for routine labs.
People experiencing life-threatening situations, like a possible heart attack, still need to go to an emergency room for treatment.
Once the clinic is open, patients come to the medical group offices toward the back as they always have. Signs will direct people on where they need to check in for the clinic that day.
The clinic will provide an added benefit for those they serve, Gibbs said.
"It is a really good opportunity for the patients," she said. "Our physicians are really committed to this and are really excited.
"We want to provide the best service to our patients."