ABERDEEN, S.D.(Press Release) – Avera St. Luke’s has increased access to quality health care by expanding services at Avera Aberdeen Family Physicians. The community can now see a provider for same day sick visits from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
“This will allow us to accommodate patients that might not be able to get in right away with their family physician, as each of our Primary Care Providers and Advanced Practice Providers are incredibly talented and ready to assist anyone with their health care needs,” said Dan Bjerknes, Regional President and CEO.
With this, Avera’s Health Services clinic on the campus of Northern State University also transitioned to Avera St. Luke’s campus. Northern students will now benefit from the availability of onsite services such as lab, imaging, vaccines, and pharmacy, experience quicker lab turnaround times, have direct access to physicians and be able to choose from more options for appointment times, as well as optional virtual visits.
“Continuing to partner with Northern in a way that also allows us to increase our services to the general public is key to meeting the health needs of everyone in our community,” Bjerknes said. “The expanded hours and access ensure that those experiencing simpler health issues and non-life-threatening problems can get on the right track to feeling better as soon as possible.”
Just as at Avera After Hours Clinic, same-day sick visits will assist patients with a broad range of issues including:
• Sore Throat
• Cold/Flu symptoms
• Covid symptoms
• Sinus Congestion
• Ear Pain
• Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
• Burns (minor)
• Mild Allergies
• Seasonal Allergies
• Bumps, cuts, scrapes
• Headaches (minor)
• Sprains and strains
• Stomachache (mild abdominal pain)
• Insect Bites
• Animal Bites (minor)
While the new clinic area will operate much like a walk-in, appointments should be scheduled when possible to ensure efficient and timely visits. Walk-ins will be seen on a first come, first served basis. For same day sick visits, patients will call 605-225-0378 and select option number five.