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Urgent care facilities across Indianapolis report increases in patient volume and wait times

By meerna Jul11,2024
Urgent care facilities across Indianapolis report increases in patient volume and wait times

INDIANAPOLIS — Urgent care facilities are experiencing increased demand for patients across Indianapolis.

“We’ve seen an increase in general viral illnesses recently. Many of those have been caused by the heatwave,” said Dr. Steven Mahan.

Dr. Mahan is a physician leader at IU Health Urgent Care.

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IU Health Urgent Care data shows acute pharyngitis is the most common reason for a visit to the doctor, but COVID and influenza cases continue to rise.

“We have seen about 170 cases of COVID-19 in the last week, just in our general acute care. That is a slightly higher number than we saw in the summer months,” he said.

Due to heavier than usual traffic in emergency departments, waiting times can sometimes be longer.

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“We’ve had some fluctuations in wait times recently. We’re just trying to cycle through them, get patients in and out as quickly, efficiently and effectively as possible. When wait times get longer, we have virtual care options,” he said.

Janae Carpenter took advantage of Broad Ripple’s virtual waitlist to avoid sitting inside for too long.

“It’s very convenient. It’s close to where I live. They do a great job and they get you the help you need right away. That’s very important because you can’t get an appointment as easily,” Carpenter said.

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IU Health urges people to remain aware that illnesses still occur.

“Cold and flu season never really goes away. We see a lot of COVID. It’s not going away,” Dr. Mahan said.

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