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ProMedica to open after-hours clinic in Perrysburg

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Cindy-Edwards-Tuttle and Dr. George Derah, both ProMedica directors of medical operations, show off an examination room in the new after-hours clinic in Perrysburg,

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ProMedica is to open an after-hours clinic on Tuesday in Perrysburg for those feeling under the weather, but don't want to go to the emergency room.

It will be in ProMedica's Perrysburg Medical Center in Levis Commons on 1601 Brigham Dr. The center has been there since 2003 and is used by ProMedica for doctor offices, rehabilitation therapy, and laboratories and radiology. The clinic is less than a mile from site of a planned $12.7-million emergency services and diagnostics center to be opened by Mercy in November. That center will be at Eckel Junction Road and State Rt. 25.

The ProMedica after-hours clinic will accept walk-ins and take appointments from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. on weekdays and 1 to 8 p.m. on weekends and holidays. A nurse practitioner and medical assistant will always be on duty to look at non-emergency illnesses, such as strep throat, flu, typical headaches; ear, nose, and throat infections; and bladder infections.

"This is an extension of our primary care to give better access to our patron's schedule and needs," said Cindy Edwards-Tuttle, a ProMedica director of medical operations. "We're not taking away from primary care physicians, we'll just have more access for patients that are sick."

The after-hours clinic won't do diagnostic tests or X-rays. People with chest pain, broken bones, seizures, or head injures should go to a hospital emergency room, not to the clinic.

Ms. Edwards-Tuttle said she expects patients might experience at most a 15 minute wait at the clinic. If a patient is found to have high-blood pressure and an illness, a visit with a physician will be scheduled, for example. The nurse practitioner will have the ability to write prescriptions.

A patient's information from his or her visit to the clinic will be available electronically later to a ProMedica doctor. 

"We're promoting the relationship with their primary care physicians, we just view it as an extension of that," Ms. Edwards-Tuttle said.

ProMedica will assess the after-hours clinic after it is in operation and determine whether to do more such clinics around the Toledo area,  Ms. Edwards-Tuttle said. 

Contact Matt Thompson at: mthompson@theblade.com, 419-356-8786, or on Twitter at @mthompson25.

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