The last time I was in Florida visiting family, my brother, cousins and other relatives with young kids were talking to me about new after-hour pediatric practices that had opened up in Tampa, and what a great job they were doing meeting the health care needs of their families. Face it…when do kids get sick or hurt? At 8 pm on Friday night, not when it’d be more convenient for us as parents or for clinicians with standard offiice hours.
The good news: Next month, UTMB Pediatrics will start offering after-hour pediatric urgent care out of a clinic near South Shore Blvd. The League City-based care center will be open evenings, weekends and holidays, always have a pediatrician on site, and offer on-site labs and X-rays. As a parent and a health care consumer, I applaud and welcome this effort. Get details.