Staff Report

To increase convenient access to healthcare, Cottage Health is introducing Cottage Urgent Care centers for treatment of minor injuries and illnesses.

Cottage Urgent Care plans to open 10 centers in the tri-counties (Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Ventura) region, with the first opening in summer of 2020. The centers will be in storefront locations — from Oxnard to San Luis Obispo — and will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. 365 days a year. The centers will provide walk-in care for patients of all ages, with services including X-ray, lab and medications.

Each center will be staffed by a licensed nurse practitioner and patient concierge team members dedicated to assisting patients during their visit and ensuring an efficient and comfortable care environment. The goal is complete care within 30 minutes.

With two new care options — the recently launched Cottage CareNow virtual care service for online visits, and the Cottage Urgent Care centers — patients will be able to quickly receive care or an appropriate referral. Both services can connect patients to local physicians for follow-up and preventive care to improve overall health.

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