Retail based after-hours care FAQ

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What is the difference between after-hours urgent care and an emergency room or emergency center?
An after-hours urgent care facility typically handles mild to moderate acuity problems, much the same as would be seen in a physician’s office during the day. Most of these clinics are not open 24 hours. As much as 40 percent of the visits to Texas Children’s Hospital Emergency Centers could be handled in an urgent care clinic rather than in a true emergency center. Full Entry »

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Retail based after-hours care, a poor choice for treating children

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In the past, if our children were sick and we sought medical care, we would see our pediatrician during routine office hours or, if it was urgent, go to an emergency room. But over time, our expectations have changed. We now expect convenient care at convenient times. Full Entry »

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Microcephaly 101

What is microcephaly?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), microcephaly is a birth defect where a baby’s head is smaller than expected when compared to babies of the same sex and age. Babies with microcephaly often have smaller brains that might not have developed properly. Full Entry »

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Avoiding ‘Pokémon GO’ injuries in children

Since its release on July 6, 2016, Pokémon GO has generated enthusiasm, excitement and entertainment for millions of children, adolescents and adults! This “location-based augmented, reality mobile game” has players running (and driving) around neighborhoods searching for and capturing virtual Pokémon and digital eggs. Unfortunately, as players keep their eyes glued to their smartphones – rather than their surroundings – unintentional injuries may force them to bypass the next PokéStop for the closest emergency center or urgent care! Full Entry »

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Celebrating 10 years with a new heart


Ten years ago, a family lost their daughter. Ten years ago, a 17-year-old lost her best friend. Ten years ago, friends, family and loved ones had to say goodbye to a girl who passed away too soon. Full Entry »

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