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Urgent care clinic opens on North Atherton Street

by on July 18, 2013 1:14 PM

STATE COLLEGE – A new urgent care clinic has opened in State College with extended hours, providing more flexible access for patients with certain illnesses.

Dr. Paul’s Clinic, located at 2214 N. Atherton St., is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 2 to 11 p.m. on Sundays. Owned by Dr. Paul Kattupalli, it offers treatment for all illnesses except those life-threatening, such as heart attack and stroke, Kattupalli said.

“We also provide school physicals, occupational health, drug screens, X-ray services, vaccines (and) detoxification programs for alcoholism (and) drug addiction,” he said.

The clinic, which employs one doctor and six nurses, opened on May 1, Kattupalli said. The idea is to offer patients a place to receive care during hours they otherwise might not be able to, he said.

“After 9 p.m., patients have only one place to go: ER,” Kattupalli said. “They wait longer and pay more in the ER for the treatment of sickness we can take care of in an urgent care clinic. There is no clinic for the community after 9 p.m. We are the only place open besides the ER to take care of the community after 9 p.m.”

The clinic treats the following illnesses and conditions, among others, include: migraine, pink eye, eye lid problems and ear infections, sinus infections, sore and strep throat, fever, couch, bronchitis, pelvic pain, urinary tract infections, high blood pressure, skin bumps, rashes and minor burns, warts, dehydration, abscess treatment, back pain, warts, vomiting, kidney infection, animal and tick bites, joint pains and fractures, and cuts and lacerations, according to the website.

Diagnostic tests, including EKG, complete blood count, pregnancy and cholesterol, are also offered, as well as a variety of procedures, including pap smears, splints/casting, IV fluids and suture removal, the site states.

All patients are welcome. The clinic accepts both self-pay and insurance. According to its website, it is in-network with most Pennsylvania insurances. For more information, including a complete list of services, treatments, procedures and diagnostic tests, call (814) 826-2081 or visit www.drpaulsclinic.org.



Staff Writer at The Centre County Gazette
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