FIRE ISLAND, NY – HIV testing has been included among the medical services offered by the North Shore-LIJ immediate care center tending to people vacationing this summer in Cherry Grove on Fire Island.
“During this time of relaxation and taking in the beautiful locale, it is important that we offer HIV testing so people can further put their mind at ease and better enjoy their vacation,” said David Rosenthal, DO, medical director of the Center for Young Adult, Adolescent and Pediatric HIV at the North Shore-LIJ Health System.
North Shore-LIJ has had an immediate care center operating in Ocean Beach for the past two summers and the Cherry Grove center opened last summer and began offering HIV testing last July. Both facilities will be open to the public seven days a week from Memorial Day through Labor Day. These immediate care centers will be staffed by a different physician, physician’s assistant or nurse practitioner each week. Medical staff will be available in the immediate care centers from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and will see walk-in patients.
Clinicians will be able to treat the following ailments at the immediate care centers:
- Minor injuries and burns
- Stings, including jellyfish stings
- Allergic reactions
- Mild asthma
- Minor wounds and lacerations
- Sprains and strains
- Coughs, colds, sinus infections, cold sores and sore throats
- Fevers and flu-like symptoms
- Rashes and skin irritations, including insect bites, poison ivy and poison oak
- Ear and eye infections
For patients who might require a higher level of medical care, they can call the emergency numbers and will be taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore.
When the clinician is not in the office, patients can call emergency numbers and police will direct the patients to the appropriate medical care. Ocean Beach’s location is at 504 Bayberry Walk and its emergency phone number is 631-583-5866. The Cherry Grove immediate care center is at 153 Doctor’s Walk and its emergency phone number is 631-854-8382.
“The idea for these immediate care centers came from a desire to allow people who live and vacation on Fire Island to know that if a medical situation arises, they will have places to turn for the appropriate care,” said Edward Fraser, project manager, Fire Island Immediate Care.
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