Save the ER for Emergencies

December 02, 2019 - by Rakesh Chopra MD - in Health

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As your primary care doctor, we know how important it is for you to get the care you need when you need it. 

That’s why the best place to start when you have a health concern is with our office.  Our dedicated staff is familiar with your health. We want to help you get the best care possible.

We offer flexible office hours

We are open Monday through Thursday 8 am – 6 pm and Friday 8 am – 4 pm.  

We offer a walk-in clinic from 8 am – 9 am every day of the week for visits listed below:

        Sore throat, Ear pain, Fever, Cough and Congestion, Pink eye, Rash, Minor Injuries

We also offer Virtual Visits for our Gateway and Highmark patients.  These visits can be valuable in determining whether or not your child needs immediate attention.


If you get sick or hurt when our office is closed and you’re not faced with an emergency and cannot wait for open office hours, consider an urgent care center.

Urgent care centers can provide general services such as diagnosis and treatment of minor illnesses, sprains and other injuries.  They’re usually open 12 hours a day during the week and eight hours a day on weekends. You don’t need an appointment.

  1. Med Express

300 East Plank Road, Altoona, PA 16602

 (814) 946-3801

  • ICare

167 Zeman Dr, Ebensburg, PA 15931

(814) 472-9119

  • Med Well

236 Jamesway Road, Ebensburg, PA 15931

(814) 472-7336

It’s best not to wait until you’re ill or injured. We suggest identifying an option or two now, and make note for future reference.

Remember, if you’re seriously ill or injured, the emergency room is the right place to go. But when our office is closed, consider urgent care centers or retail clinics. You’ll typically save time and spend less than you would at the emergency room. 

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