FIRE ISLAND, NY – Northwell Health will be opening its two Fire Island immediate care centers on May 22 and expanding their HIV testing hours.
For the past few summers, Northwell Health has had immediate care centers available to treat minor injuries and help people get to a higher level of medical care in Cherry Grove and Ocean Beach. Those ailments include, but are not limited to:
- Minor injuries and burns
- Sprains and strains
- Allergic reactions
- Mild asthma
- Rashes and skin irritations, including poison oak, poison ivy and insect bites.
A health professional will be available at both of these locations seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. For people who require care outside of those hours, patients can call emergency numbers and police will direct patients to where they can get the appropriate medical care. Patients needing additional care can be transported to nearby Southside Hospital in Bay Shore.
HIV testing will be available at the Cherry Grove facility on Fridays and Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The HIV testing is made possible with the help of Northwell Health’s Center for Young Adult, Adolescent and Pediatric HIV division.
“It has been so rewarding to hear people talk about the positive and sometimes life-saving experiences they have had through the immediate care centers,” said Edward Fraser, assistant vice president of the Eastern region of Northwell Health and project manager of Fire Island Immediate Care. “Being able to get the medical care you need in a timely fashion has helped to keep many people’s vacations from being ruined.”
The Cherry Grove immediate care center has been operational for three summers and the Ocean Beach one has been helping patients for five summers.