OCEAN BEACH, NY – The North Shore-LIJ Health System announced today it has opened a new, walk-in, immediate care center in the Fire Island Village of Ocean Beach. The new facility, which opened on Sunday, will be in operation through Labor Day weekend.
A North Shore-LIJ physician trained in either emergency or internal medicine will be available seven days a week to treat patients with non-life threatening illnesses and injuries at the Immediate Care Center, located at 504 Bayberry Walk. The health system is leasing the building from the Village of Ocean Beach.
John D’Angelo, MD, North Shore-LIJ’s senior vice president of emergency medicine, said residents and visitors with minor injuries and non-emergent general medical complaints will be seen at the center. Patients requiring a higher level of medical care will be managed by the area 911 system and taken to Southside Hospital or another local hospital.
“As much as we all look forward to the pleasures of a Fire Island summer, we also recognize that recreational activities often result in accidents and injuries,” said Winnie Mack, the health system’s eastern regional executive director. “This new Immediate Care Center in Ocean Beach will go a long way to providing high-quality care for non-life threatening illnesses and injuries.”
Among the conditions treated at the new center are:
*Minor burns, injuries or wounds;
* Sprains and strains;
* Coughs, colds, sinus infections and sore throats;
* Allergic reactions;
* Fever and flu-like symptoms;
* Rashes and skin irritations (insect bites, jellyfish stings, poison ivy, etc);
*Ear and eye infections;
*Mild asthma; and
Kevin Mitchell, who is staying on Fire Island for several weeks, said he preferred using the Immediate Care Center to sitting in an emergency room for hours for injuries or ailments that could be treated elsewhere.
“People don’t need to go to the emergency room for cuts, rashes and fevers,” said Azra Wiqas, MD, an internist who is doing a week-long rotation at the Immediate Care Center. “I think it is great that there are more standardized procedures in place with the creation of this center and people have a place to turn for their summertime medical needs.”
The center is open for walk-in patient visits seven days a week from 9 to 11 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. If patients require medical treatment outside of those hours, the Immediate Care Center’s physician can be reached on call by contacting local police.
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