Port Townsend hospital to add clinic to emergency department

PORT TOWNSEND – Jefferson Healthcare hospital officials plan to open an ExpressCare clinic on Oct. 15 to treat moderate medical emergencies as part of its emergency department.

Patient who come to the emergency department for care will be evaluated by a nurse and sent to either the emergency room or the ExpressCare clinic, depending on the severity of their conditions.

The clinic will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Temporarily, the ExpressCare clinic will be located in a room down the hall from the emergency room. which can accommodate two patients at a time.

A permanent clinic, which will hold three patients at one time, is to be built adjacent to the emergency room waiting area, but work has been halted because asbestos was found and must be removed.

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