Geisinger ConvenientCare Back to Normal Operations Members News May 6, 2021 With the traditional respiratory virus season winding down, all Geisinger ConvenientCare walk-in clinics are back to normal operations, with five locations no longer designated as cold and flu centers. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Wilkes-Barre, Scranton, Danville, Lewistown and State College locations were transitioned to ConvenientCare Cold & Flu Centers. While the locations continued providing all walk-in care services, their focus was on respiratory viruses. “We created these dedicated cold and flu centers to help people get treatment for respiratory virus symptoms in a more efficient way because many of those symptoms overlap with COVID-19,” said Richard Martin, M.D., medical director for Geisinger ConvenientCare. “It made sense to direct people to get care for those symptoms in one spot, rather than a hospital or doctor’s office. We were fortunate to have minimal flu activity in our area this winter.” As we move into spring, it’s smart to know where to go for the care you need. ConvenientCare clinics are for minor health issues that can be resolved in a single visit. These include allergies, sinus infections, cold and flu symptoms, earaches, insect bites and tick removal, sprains and minor cuts. They’re the best place to head if you or your child are sick or need medical attention that doesn’t require a trip to the emergency room. The clinics are staffed by advanced practitioners who treat patients age 1 and older. With 21 locations across central and northeastern Pennsylvania, most Geisinger ConvenientCare clinics are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Most locations offer save-your-spot online check-in and evening and weekend hours. “Our ConvenientCare walk-in clinics benefit our neighbors who are looking for health care services closer to home,” Martin said. “Our locations are designed to be there when you need them most to help make better health easier. If it’s a health problem that needs attention before you can see your primary care provider — but isn’t quite serious enough to head to the emergency room — we’re the place you want to visit.” To learn more about what Geisinger ConvenientCare treats, visit geisinger.org/urgentcare. The clinics accept most major insurance plans and offer reasonable copays. Hold your place in line or check wait times at any of the locations by visiting geisinger.org/urgent.