Kids First

Naples Walk-In Services

Find comprehens­ive care quickly for minor illness and injury at Golisano Children's Urgent Care Center

- BY MATTHEW SOLAN

Being a kid means the occasional scraped knee and boo-boo. Often these can be healed with a Band-aid and a mom’s kiss, but when they need more acute care, parents head to the nearest urgent care center.

In Naples, that is the Golisano Children’s Urgent Care Center, a close drive for most of the metro population.

“The clinic’s ultimate goal is to provide comprehens­ive care quickly,” says Dr. Joseph Peter, an urgent care pediatrici­an with Golisano Children’s Health Center. “Parents and kids want care that is fast and effective, so they can get back home.”

Urgent care centers are for illnesses and injuries that are not serious enough for the emergency room, but still require medical care.

Golisano Children’s Urgent Care Center treats children of all ages from 11 months old to age 21. The medical staff sees its fair share of cuts, sprains and fractures, but also treats common ailments. These include infections, fevers, nausea, vomiting, allergies, minor asthma attacks, earaches, rashes and pink eye, to name but a few.

Golisano Children’s Urgent Care Center stands out from other similar clinics in its size and staff experience, according to Dr. Peter. “The clinic has five treatment rooms, which cuts down the average wait time to a maximum of 20 to 30 minutes,” he points out.

The clinic is also equipped with an on-site lab that can quickly process X-rays and tests to help doctors reach a quicker conclusion about diagnosis and treatment options. Doctors can prescribe antibiotic­s and other medication­s from the on-site pharmacy.

Parents can be reassured that the on-site doctors are well experience­d with urgent care and not entry- or mid-level physicians. “Our entire medical staff is all board-certified,” says Dr. Peter. “We also have orthopedic specialist­s on-call several days per week.”

After offering quick treatment or temporary relief, the staff always refers the child to his or her primary care physician for a follow-up. “This ensures that the child’s care and medical history is always up to date, and their doctor can suggest further long-term treatment or care, as needed,” says Dr. Peter.

Golisano Children’s Urgent Care Center, 3361 Pine Ridge Road, Naples; 239-254-5920. Hours: 11 a.m.-11 p.m., seven days a week.

“The clinic has five treatment rooms, which cuts down the average wait time to a maximum of 20 to 30 minutes.”

—Dr. Joseph Peter, urgent care pediatrici­an with Golisano Children’s Health Center

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Joseph Peter, M.D., is a board-certified pediatrici­an at the urgent care at Golisano Children’s Health Center of Naples.

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