Tom Butt
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April 21, 2015

Doctor’s Medical Center Closing Today, April 21st
As of April 21st, Doctor’s Medical Center in San Pablo will be closing and no longer accepting patients. On April 20th, LifeLong Medical Care will open a new urgent care center across the street from Doctor’s Medical Center in San Pablo (2023 Vale Road).
 “Urgent care” centers treat medical conditions that require immediate medical attention (usually within 24 hours), but are not serious enough to require hospitalization and/or are not life threatening. (A life-threatening medical emergency should still generate a call to 911.)  LifeLong Urgent Care is an alternative to the emergency room for minor illnesses and injuries, and is made up of emergency room clinicians that are ready to treat all types of medical conditions. No appointments or referrals are needed, and the clinicians can refer patients back to a primary care physician (PCP) for follow up care, or connect patients with a PCP if they do not currently have a provider.  Lifelong welcomes all forms of payment, regardless of whether a patient is insured. They accept Medi-Cal, Medicare, Family Pact and most managed care plans including Covered California. Lifelong also offers a sliding scale discount based upon family size and income. 
Lifelong Urgent Care will be open 7 days a week, noon- 8:00 PM and walk-ins are welcome. They can be reached at (510) 231-9800 or at  LifeLong also has sites that offer primary care and non-urgent care with scheduled visits. 
Individuals without private insurance can call Contra Costa Health Services’ advice nurse line for free health advice any time at 1-877-661-6230, Option 1.

There are more health care resources for West County residents through the Contra Costa Health Services website.