Seeking to make urgent care even more convenient to patients, Tampa General Hospital in Florida is bringing back the house call, with a new service called Urgent Care at Home.
The new service will begin in the South Tampa and Riverview areas with plans to expand throughout Hillsborough County. Services available every day from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Skilled medical providers, such as nurse practitioners, will make the house calls at a reduced self-pay price of $149 until Nov. 30, 2019. Standard rate is $199 per visit.
Fast Track Urgent Care opened in 2005 and, in 2019, partnered with 1,007-bed Tampa General Hospital to form TGH Urgent Care Powered by Fast Track. The network of 10 locations throughout Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties deliver urgent care to patients 3 months and older.
Urgent Care at Home offers services similar to the traditional urgent care setting including treatments for cough, sore throat, ear infections, eye problems, urinary tract infections, nausea, vomiting, colds, rashes, fevers and sprains. Urgent Care at Home, powered by Fast Track will also provide medical testing and diagnostics including flu, strep, rapid RSV, urinalysis and more.
"We're bringing house calls back to medicine, because we believe in high-quality patient-centered, convenient care,” said Paul Nanda, M.D., TGH Urgent Care powered by Fast Track chief medical officer, in a statement. “As medical providers, we want to provide a concierge service for our patients, convenient care when they need it most in the comfort of their own home."