New site provides walk-in service

BURNHAM – No appointment needed.

This is the catchphrase for a new service that provides walk-in healthcare seven days a week. Geisinger Careworks Walk-In Clinic opened its doors Monday at the Greater Lewistown Plaza in the former Blockbuster site.

Careworks offers urgent care services for patients older than 12 months to treat injuries or illnesses that require immediate treatment but may not be serious enough to warrant an emergency room visit.

The clinic is open evenings and weekends and appointments are not necessary.

“We provide healthcare between your primary care provider and the emergency room,” said Elizabeth Banzhaf, Clinic Nurse Supervisor. “If you are sick today and your PCP can’t get you in, but you’re not sick enough to go to the E.R., that’s where we come in. We do not provide intensive care or emergency care.”

Sore throats, earaches, sinus infections, the “flu”, urinary tract and kidney infections, sprains, minor lacerations and sports injuries are some of the maladies for which they offer treatment.

They provide relief for headaches, seasonal allergies, insect bites, ringworm, minor burns, rashes and back pain. And, they offer tuberculosis skin tests, nebulizer treatments, routine immunizations and EKGs.

They also can perform physicals for school, camp, sports and driver’s licenses on a walk-in basis.

The clinic has two exam rooms and a laboratory staffed by one provider who is either a physician’s assistant or a certified registered nurse practitioner and two nurses.

The on-site lab provides blood and urine tests as ordered by the provider on duty. Testing is point-of-service for positive results. Negative results are sent out for additional confirmation and any necessary follow-up.

The goal is not to replace a patient’s doctor. But rather to provide initial treatment when the doctor is not immediately available, according to Banzhaf.

“We will treat today and recommend that they follow up with their PCP,” she said.

Because it is a Geisinger Healthcare entity, Careworks is linked through the computerized charting system, EPIC, to all other Geisinger facilities. This allows them to quickly share the patient’s health information with other providers, including Geisinger-Lewistown Hospital.

“This offers ease of service for the patients as well,” Banzhaf added.

The facility does not prescribe narcotic pain medications and none are kept on-site.

Hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Careworks accepts most insurances including medical assistance. Co-pays are the same as an individual’s co-pay with their regular doctor. They also offer self-pay options for those without insurance.

“We want to make sure that those who need care, receive care,” Banzhaf said.

They are located at 224 N. Logan Blvd, Suite 220. The telephone number is 242-0196. More information is available at www.careworkshealth.com.