There is no longer a Piedmont Urgent Care on the Piedmont Walton Campus. The facility closed on Aug. 22, 2019, and will not be re-opening, according to officials with Piedmont Healthcare.
“This closure was a business decision based on the best use of the resources available to Piedmont Walton to treat our patients. The Piedmont Urgent Care’s close proximity to the hospital’s emergency department and a Piedmont primary care office were also factors in the decision,” said Larry Ebert, CEO of Piedmont Walton. “We value our patients and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Piedmont Walton is committed to helping our patients find other convenient locations for urgent care.”
Ebert said there are several other Piedmont locations where patients can receive urgent care that are located a short drive from Piedmont Walton, including Piedmont QuickCare at Walgreens in Loganville, Piedmont Urgent Care by WellStreet in Loganville and Piedmont Urgent Care in Bethlehem. Also, Piedmont’s primary care offices, such as Piedmont Physicians Monroe Family Practice, have dedicated ‘same-day’ appointment slots for acute care and/or sick visit needs, so patients can see their Piedmont primary care physician if they’re in need of urgent or quick care. Online appointments are available online by visiting piedmont.org/now.
There is also Reddy Urgent Care at 500 Great Oaks Drive in Monroe.
In an earlier publication, Joel Garrison, D.O., a family medicine physician with Piedmont Physicians Monroe Family Practice gave tips for patients to decide whether an illness would merit a trip to the emergency room or whether it could be handled at an urgent care or primary care facility.
“You can’t plan around sickness, and sometimes your doctor’s office is closed or they are unavailable when you need to seek medical treatment,” he said. “Urgent care offers another option for patients who can’t wait until the next day, but their illness may not be severe enough to go to the emergency room.”
Garrison said that an urgent care setting is ideal for treating things such as colds, sinus infections, sore throats, sprains or strains, minor lacerations and earaches. Urgent Care also offers the benefit of online scheduling, allowing patients to “Save My Spot,” thereby reducing wait times.
“People often go to the emergency room for treatment of non-emergent issues not realizing there are faster and less expensive options like Piedmont Urgent Care available,” Garrison said. “Our goal is to make it easier for patients to take charge of their health by offering quick and convenient access to care. The emergency room is still the place to go for patients experiencing any signs of a heart attack or stroke. Severe stomach pain accompanied by other symptoms such as coughing up or vomiting blood, dizziness or fainting and vision changes should be treated immediately in the emergency room as well.”
To schedule an appointment online at a nearby Piedmont QuickCare, Primary Care or Urgent Care, visit piedmont.org/now.