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Published February 06, 2012, 10:51 PM

New walk-in clinic opens in Fergus Falls

Fergus Falls, MN (WDAY TV) - If you are sick and need to see a doctor right away, but don't want to go to the ER, you’re in luck. The new Lake Region Healthcare walk in clinic in Fergus Falls is now open and ready for patients.

If you are sick and need to see a doctor right away, but don't want to go to the ER, you’re in luck. The new Lake Region Healthcare walk in clinic in Fergus Falls is now open and ready for patients.

On this first day of care the phone is already ringing, and patients are already coming in and out of the door. Physician’s assistant Kristine Pederson will be treating people who come in for acute illnesses; things like strep throat, colds, and coughs, to even more extreme things like a cut needing stitches.

Kristine Pederson – Physicians Assistant: “Bladder infections, minor lacerations, strains, sprains, kind of the same day type of care that is needed.”

The clinic is complete with 8 exam rooms, an X-ray machine, and one procedure room.

Kristine Pederson: “We also have a lab, we do provide some laboratory services, and each room is set up with state of the art technology.”

Nurses wear walkie-talkies to communicate patient's needs and conditions, and patients use buzzers to let them know when the doctor is ready to see them.

Kristine Pederson: “And it is very private, only they can hear it amongst the staff.”

The clinic is providing people with more convenient times to get in to see a doctor. There are going to have extended hours and they are also going to be open Saturdays and Sundays.

Jed LaPlante – Outreach Clinic Coordinator: “It was a need that we noticed in the community that Fergus Falls needed this and we needed more access, so we did this for our patients and we did this for extended access in the evening and the weekends.”

Outreach Clinic Coordinator Jed LaPlante says whether it is a bump or a bruise, or a cut needing stitches, the walk in clinic will be able to nurse you back to health more quickly and possibly at a lower rate.

The clinic located at 2311 West Lincoln Avenue and is open Monday through Friday from 11 AM to 8 PM, and on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 AM to 5 PM.

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