ELLSWORTH — Consumer demand and a growing population in Hancock County have prompted Maine Coast Memorial Hospital to plan a walk-in care clinic in Ellsworth at its facility off Resort Way.
The clinic, which the hospital plans to open this summer, will be open seven days per week from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Lab services will be available Monday-Thursday from 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
The clinic will treat non-emergency conditions such as allergies, cuts, colds and coughs, flu, earaches, rashes, strains and sprains, fevers, urinary tract infections and more. No appointment will be needed.
The drive behind the walk-in clinic is in part to divert minor medical care needs away from the hospital’s emergency room, according to hospital spokeswoman Kelley Columber.
Plus, the community is growing and more care is needed.
“Our community just continues to grow,” said Columber. “We’ve had conversations with The Jackson Lab, which is welcoming hundreds of new employees to our community.”
The lab is opening a location in Ellsworth off of Route 3 in the former Lowe’s building.
Finally, consumers today want their medical needs taken care of as quickly as possible.
“Consumer expectation these days is to have that flexibility and that convenience of getting walk-in care when they need it,” Columber said.
The Resort Way location, which the hospital leases, also houses Maine Coast Pediatrics, Ellsworth Internal Medicine, Ellsworth Family Practice and a laboratory.
“We’re working on plans for how everything will live together,” said Columber. “We’re already interviewing folks to staff this clinic. This will be its own clinic.”
“This is something that has been in the works for a long time,” said Terry Leahy, director of physician practices at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital. “We are eager to open the clinic and know that our community will benefit greatly from increased access to this convenient service.”
Maine Coast is currently hiring providers and staff for the clinic, which is scheduled to open mid-summer.