Andrews Busy Clinic Relieves Hospital 10/02/13
October 2, 2013
Andrews - Permian Basin hospitals continue to be overrun with patients as more people move to the area. The city of Andrews has opened a quick care clinic and in just the first month they doubled the amount of patients they were expecting.
“We expected it to be a little more gradual so we really, I guess blew the doors off so to speak,” said Permian Regional Medical Center Quick Care Clinic Director Bryan Cox.
In just the first month, the Quick Care Clinic saw 480 patients. “It is difficult with handling sometimes 50 patients a day, but we’ve gotten it done,” said Cox.
Doctors say the Quick Care Clinic is a convenient choice for patients and with a shortage of primary care facilities in the Permian Basin it’s an easy choice. “Our clinic is so booked right now. People are able to just come here for the basics,” said Cox.
Doctors say the opening of the clinic was just in time for the busy season. “School started back and all the kids are sharing all their germs so the first week we saw all the kids and the second week we saw their teachers,” said Nurse Practitioner Barbara Norris.
The clinic is also allowing the main hospital to catch a break. Now that the clinics doors are open, unnecessary visits to the ER and over booked doctors are less frequent.
Hospital officials say this expansion isn’t their last, in the coming year they expect to gain a dialysis clinic as well as major additions to the main hospital.