Bell Express Care Clinic offers quick, accessible access to treatment

Ann Skewis, NP, at UPHS – Bell.

ISHPEMING — With the influx of diseases during the winter season, one quick and accessible option to receive treatment is the Bell Express Care Clinic.

The clinic provides services for acute illnesses and injuries for patients of all ages and is conveniently open daily from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

“This is a really good option when people can’t see their primary provider,” said Ann Skewis, NP, at Bell Express Care. “We work with their primary, so if they have providers here at Bell and we have a question about a patient, we’re able to talk to their provider, specifically.

“We also share medical records, have everything they’ve been diagnosed with before. Everything is in front of us.”

The familiarity within Bell helps Skewis and Jennifer Gibbons, NP, diagnose those who visit the clinic. Another positive facet is the quick admittance a patient can expect when going through Bell Express Care. You can approach the clinic’s window and wait to be seen in the order of your arrival.

A typical visit lasts between 10-15 minutes, and if needed, labs and x-rays will be conducted in order to find out the best course of care for the patient. Unlike a full-body examination from a provider, the Bell Express Clinic specializes in addressing the specific ailment the patient is experiencing. 

The conditions the clinic diagnoses and treats include: 

  • Cough, sore throat, fever
  • Runny nose, sinus
  • Earache, ear pressure
  • Seasonal allergies
  • Minor injury
  • Rash
  • Strep throat
  • Bladder infections
  • Pink eye and infections of the ears, nose and throat
  • Minor wounds, abrasions, and joint sprains
  • Skin conditions such as poison ivy and ringworm

For other more serious issues, Skewis advises going to the emergency room. 

“If you’re having chest pains or shortness of breath, you have to go to the ER,” she said. “Or chronic issues like if you’re having back pain for three months. We can start you out on an x-ray, but that’s going to be something you have to follow up with your primary provider. 

“I always tell people the Express Care is for people who feel sick for two weeks and want to check out what it is, or just don’t feel good and want to make sure they don’t have the flu.”

The current season is the busiest time for the clinic. With the spread of germs and sicknesses — especially in schools — the clinic can see as many as 60 people in a day. 

“The winter is the busiest time just because of all the viruses that go around, just cold-type symptoms,” Skewis said. “The summer we’re still here for our 10-hour shifts, but usually quite a bit slower because there’s not as much illness. Kids aren’t in school so they aren’t passing it around, and viruses usually hit us in the winter months.”

The clinic is available to everyone. Skewis has seen anyone from newborns all the up to a 98-year old in the clinic. 

“When you’re sick, you don’t feel like waiting three days to see your doctor. Then we’re a good option,” Skewis said.

Normal insurance charges apply. Talk to your insurer for more information. UPHS – Bell Express Care is available at 901 Lakeshore Dr., Ishpeming, MI 49849. For more information, call 906.486.4431 or visit www.bellhospital.org/our-services/walk-in-clinic.

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