November 15, 2018

Need a Doctor during the Thanksgiving Holiday? 3 Options for Care

We hope you have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving holiday with good food and good company. Whether you’re spending the holiday waiting for family to arrive, in the kitchen preparing for a feast or cozying up by a fire, the holiday brings friends and family together – and also brings the challenge of finding the care you need if you find yourself in a precarious situation with your health. While you’re on vacation, your doctor’s office will likely be, too.

With Mission Health, you can get care online or in-person – even during the holidays. Here’s what to know about your options if you do need medical care during the holiday:

1. Get care online.

With Mission Virtual Clinic, you can skip the trip and just click – even on Thanksgiving Day. Convenient, fast and helpful – all for $25. The online clinic provides care for minor illnesses like cold, flu, allergies, UTIs, minor eye and skin conditions without needing to be seen in an office. Receive a response within one hour from 7 am to 11 pm, and from 7 to 8 am the next morning for after-hours visits when you get care online. Strep throat or some flu conditions may require an in-person visit for a rapid test to confirm diagnosis but you can start your care visit online.

Visit Mission Virtual Clinic at missionhealth.org/virtualclinic.

2. Get walk-in care.

Sometimes the hardest part of getting medical care is knowing where to go – do you go to the ER, an urgent care facility or your primary care doctor? Combining the best features of each, Mission My Care Now makes it easy to get fast, affordable, non-emergency medical care.

Mission My Care Now locations will be closed on Thanksgiving Day but will be open with regular business hours before and after Thanksgiving Day – open early, on evenings and on the weekend. Mission My Care Now locations offer diagnostics on-site, such as lab and x-ray, so patients can be evaluated quickly. And the use of a shared electronic health record makes it easy for our providers to get a patient’s most up-to-date health information and medical history to help ensure the best care. Not sure if walk-in care is available near you?
Visit missionmycarenow.org to find out.

3. The ER is always there for you. 

At every Mission Health hospital, the emergency room is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Our skilled and dedicated emergency medicine teams work around the clock to ensure you get the expert care you need in the event of a serious injury, illness or health crisis. Here’s hoping you and your family never need them but if you do, they are always there for you. If you are ever in doubt about whether you’re in need of emergency care, play it safe by calling 911 or getting to the emergency department as quickly as you can if you have the safe means to do so.


Have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!