LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- UofL Health is opening several urgent care clinics across Louisville and into Bullitt County to expand access to care called "Urgent Care Plus."
Christina John, director of clinical operations for the urgent care service line, said there there are already three sites up and running.
"I think it's important for UofL Health to expand with urgent care, because we realized it was a service line we were lacking," John said.
John said there will be a clinic opening in March off Hurstbourne Lane and Shelbyville Road, and another clinic will open in west Louisville.
"We hope to bring a location to west Louisville open later this spring or early summer," she said.
John said these five urgent care clinics will hopefully make care more accessible for people and allow them to stay closer to home.
"With west Louisville, we hope to bring a service there to them that they may not already have with that population," she said. "We're really excited to serve that end of town and have a presence there. We really don't have a presence in that end of town, and it's much needed and over-due."
John said these clinics will provide several different services, including helping people who have colds or minor injuries and assist with X-rays and labs.
"Anything you may need after hours you don't feel is emergent enough for an ER," John said.
Creating these clinics is also opening up jobs. John said two dozen people have already been hired, and by the time the west Louisville location is open, she expects at least another dozen will be hired.
John said most of these sites will also offer primary care doctors and eventually behavioral health services. The clinics will also be able to help patients through telehealth.
"Now we're in the community, and UofL doesn't have to be associated with downtown anymore, which I think historically it is," John said.
The following Urgent Care Plus sites are currently open:
- Medical Center Northeast -- 2401 Terra Crossing Blvd., Louisville, Ky. 40245
- Cedar Grove -- 1707 Cedar Grove Road, Suite 10, Shepherdsville, Ky. 40165
- Dupont / St. Matthews -- 908 Dupont Road, Louisville, Ky. 40207
Urgent Care Plus will see patients from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday thru Saturday, and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays. The locations offer care for minor injuries, illnesses and routine exams. Additionally, they also offer occupational medicine, Department of Transportation physicals and drug testing. In the future, they hope to add behavioral health services through a partnership with UofL Health - Peace Hospital.
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