Beginning June 6th 2019, U.S. Veterans no longer have to wait to get care for minor medical conditions. Under the new Veterans Affairs Department’s Mission Act, Rapides Urgent Care clinics will now be able to treat veterans on a walk-in basis. No appointment is ever necessary.
Minor medical conditions include (but are not limited to): flu-like symptoms, strep throat, minor burns, pink eye, ear/skin infections, x-rays, lab testing and medications.
Rapides Urgent Care Medical Director, Dr. Charles Norwood says, “It’s an honor to serve those who’ve bravely served this country.” He goes on to say, “I look forward to being able to offer vets quick, easy, and convenient access to quality medical care.”
Veterans can now arrive at Rapides Urgent Care and simply let the clinic know they would like to use their VA Urgent Care benefits. The clinic will then confirm Veteran eligibility before providing care. Before the new law took effect, the VA would pay for private care only when veterans had to drive more than 40 miles or wait more than 30 days for a VA appointment.
Rapides Urgent Care operates 8AM-8PM 7 days a week. The Rapides Urgent Care center is a modern, state-of-the art facility providing walk-in care for minor illnesses and injuries seven days a week, including holidays. Licensed providers are available to perform procedures like splinting and suturing, in addition to being equipped with digital x-ray, laboratory services and an electronic medical records (EMR) system.
With 2 convenient locations in Alexandria: Coliseum and Jackson St Extension and 1 location in Pineville, Rapides Urgent Care operates as seamless extensions of the Rapides Regional Medical Center.
Rapides Urgent Care is accredited by the national Urgent Care Association, certifying its clinic delivers the highest level of care available in an on-demand care setting. Rapides Urgent Care is not intended for major emergencies. If you are experiencing a life-threatening situation, dial 911 or go to the nearest hospital emergency room.