By JOHN GORALSKI
For Southington residents that need to see a doctor but don’t want to wait for an appointment, Ortho Ouch Care offers an alternative to long hospital waits.
The orthopedic walk-in center has opened its doors in Southington in the Florian Building on Main Street. Patients are able to walk in and see an orthopedist for a wide-range of issues. It’s a program designed to skip hospital wait times and provide immediate orthopedic care.
“This is a one-stop shop for everything,” said Ortho Ouch Care director Steven Fries at the opening on Dec. 10. “When you walk into the training room in the sport world, you’re seen, evaluated, and given therapy. This is a one-stop shop, so it saves time and money from just going to the emergency room. It saves a step because you’re just going to end up here anyway.”
The orthopedic center already has a site in Wallingford, but the Southington center was opened to offer care to a wider area. The clinic specializes in sprains, strains, dislocations, lacerations, swollen joints, sports injuries, and work-related injuries.
They accept most insurances, and even offer a program for those without insurance. For a flat fee of $250, a patient can be seen and evaluated by a qualified orthopedist.
“That includes diagnostic x-rays and office evaluations,” said Fries. “Obviously, anything beyond that is an added expense, but at least you’ll get seen and have a game plan to go. That’s a bargain in Connecticut where healthcare expenses are what they are.”
The clinic is open Mondays through Fridays, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. and on Saturdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
The office is located at 98 Main Street, Suite 201, in Southington. Patients can also visit on-line at www.ouchct.com.