(Fort Leonard Wood)–The General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital at Fort Leonard Wood has opened a new urgent care clinic to reduce wait times for non-emergency patients. The new clinic is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily and is located across the hall from the emergency room entrance to the hospital. The Soldier-centered medical team sick call is also now temporarily located there from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m.
According to Lt. Col. Sashi Zickefoose, Primary Care Service Line chief, its services are open to ID cardholders, and Tricare Prime, Select and Direct Care can use the facility as well. Zickefoose said the addition of an urgent care facility was necessary to provide patients with more health care opportunities.
“The purpose is to provide another option to our beneficiaries outside of primary care and the emergency room,” Zickefoose said.
People seeking treatment should be aware of the difference in urgent care and emergency care options.
“The emergency room is intended for things that may cause loss of life, limb or eyesight,” Zickefoose said. “Urgent care services are medically necessary services which are required for an illness or injury that would not result in further disability or death if not treated immediately, but require professional attention and have the potential to develop such a threat if treatment is delayed longer than 24 hours.”
As a reminder, those with COVID-19 concerns need to contact Harper In-Processing Screening Clinic at 573.596.3663 for information on specific instructions and not go to the post-hospital, urgent care or the ER.