DWM urgent care to open

Published 5:01 am Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Services offered 7 days a week

There will soon be a new, more convenient option for health care in Brewton.

On Oct. 3, D.W. McMillan Hospital will open an after hours “emergent care” clinic on its grounds.

DWM administrator and CEO Chris Griffin made the official announcement at Monday’s Brewton Rotary meeting.

“We are constantly looking for new ways to expand medical services for our residents,” Griffin said. “An after-hours clinic for non-emergencies is an option that just made sense.”

The clinic will be open from 4:30 p.m. until 11 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Located inside DWM and to the left of the emergency, the clinic will be staffed by Gray Garrett, nurse practioner, and Mallory Mullis, physician assistant. The two will be overseen by two physicians.

“This is going to be a great clinic – one that’s more convenient and more cost-effective for residents,” Garrett said. “It is a great option for those who may work all day but need to see a doctor for something like a sinus infection or when your child has a fever. The cost for the clinic will be like a co-pay at the doctor’s office instead of the $500 to $1,000 your insurance charges for an emergency room co-pay.

“Plus, if you’re suffering from something more urgent, the ER is steps away,” she said. “Additionally, it will help reduce the wait time in the ER and get patients home quicker.”

Gray said patients seen at the after hours clinic can expect to be “in and out” in 30 minutes.

“Truly, it’s designed to keep our patients in Brewton,” Gray said. “This clinic will only be open as our regular doctors are getting ready to wind down the day and it keeps patients from having to travel out of town for emergent care.”