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How to know where to go
When do you need a walk-in clinic or the Emergency department?
It is not uncommon for the Emergency department at Baptist Health Paducah to treat all kinds of illnesses, from the common cold to a heart attack, but people can save time and money by choosing the appropriate provider for different needs.
“If they need medicine refills or a pregnancy test, or have a sore throat or need treatment for a chronic condition,” said Tariq Sayyad, M.D., Emergency department medical director, “they need to see their regular doctor.”
Indeed, the Emergency department is for emergencies. Emergency department physician Gerald Russell, M.D, said that means a limb- or life-threatening condition. The sudden onset of severe headaches, chest pain, fainting spells and neurological issues should be evaluated in the ED because of their potential to be life-threatening.
For NON-life-threatening conditions, there are more convenient walk-in choices, where you can see a health professional without an appointment:
- Baptist Express Care, in Walmart SuperCenters on Hinkleville Road and Irvin Cobb Drive, is open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Mondays through Fridays; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays seven days a week.
- Baptist Health Prime Care, on the main campus at 2501 Kentucky Ave., with designated parking. It is open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.
Express Care offers fast, affordable basic healthcare services for check-ups, vaccinations, screenings and minor injuries, for people over 2 years old. Prices are posted so patients know the cost before treatment; and cash, credit cards and most major insurance plans are accepted. William Conyer, M.D., of Baptist Health Prime Care, also serves as the medical director of Express Care.
Prime Care’s board-certified doctors and nurses can care for those conditions, as well as offer on-site lab and X-ray. They even provide ongoing care to manage chronic conditions, if you don't have another doctor.
If you have a question about where to go, ask our nurses at Baptist Health Line at 270.575.2918.