In an effort to minimize Emergency Room overcrowding and to expedite treatment of adult patients with flu-like symptoms, Bay Medical Sacred Heart has established two clinic sites for the rapid diagnosis and treatment of influenza.

“With influenza cases on the rise in Florida, particularly in north Florida, we felt it was important to be proactive and we are very pleased to be able to offer our resources and services,” says hospital CEO Steve Grubbs.

areas of the country have faced overcrowded Emergency Rooms with long waits for care, and in some cases bed shortages, all as a result of the flu. The goal of the flu clinics is not only to provide earlier diagnosis and treatment of the flu, but also to ensure that we maintain adequate capacity in our hospital, while educating our community on the importance of flu detection, treatment and prevention.”

are two adult flu clinic sites – on the beach and in town. One is at 11111 Panama City Beach Parkway next door to the beach ER with Dr. Alan Woolery, and one in town at 2420 Jenks Avenue with Linda Gemsch, ARNP, and Philip Blaich, PA. The clinics will be able to accept walk-ins and are equipped to provide quick testing for influenza, along with any needed treatment. The clinics are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, accept most major insurances, and have a special cash rate for those who do not have coverage.

Bay Medical’s flu clinics will also be offering flu shots for those who have not yet been vaccinated. While the vaccine is not as effective as in past years, physicians are still encouraging patients to get a flu shot. It’s not too late, and while the shots may not prevent the flu, it can greatly lessen the severity.

For more information, call (850) 747-6100