By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: December 2007
Dr. Joe Huddleston and Dr. Matthew Tucker of Claremore Physicians ImmediateCare are board-certified in emergency medicine.
The ultimate goal of Claremore Physicians ImmediateCare is to make quality health care convenient for patients and their family members. And with its evening and weekend hours, that is exactly what the center’s staff of emergency medicine physicians does. ImmediateCare is committed to serving the health needs of the Claremore community.
Matthew Tucker, D.O., and Joe Huddleston, D.O., are the doctors on staff at Claremore Physicians ImmediateCare. As previous emergency room staff members at Hillcrest Hospital in Tulsa, both have received training in urgent care practices and are board-certified emergency physicians.
ImmediateCare, which can treat 90 percent of the cases handled by a hospital emergency room, has a practice of minor emergency-care services, urgent visits, occupational medicine injuries, as well as school, sport and pre-employment physicals. In addition to these services, it provides point-of-care testing, including strep tests, rapid influenza, urinary tract infections, pregnancy tests and glucose tests. Other services include radiography with digital imaging, minor laceration repair, fracture and sprain stabilization and dispensing of common medications on site, including antibiotics, non-narcotic pain medications and more. Referrals to specialists or physical therapists can also be given.
Dr. Huddleston says, “If you have sustained an injury or sickness causing you pain or discomfort, we do our best to help make you comfortable. We keep open lines of communication with primary care physicians so patients can receive definitive care the following day.”
The ImmediateCare facility has seven treatment rooms, a state-of-the-art laboratory and a digital X-ray system that is linked to a radiology lab in Tulsa. This allows ImmediateCare an extra pair of eyes to aid in diagnoses. And the X-rays may be burned to CD for patients to take to their primary doctors or specialists for review.
The end of the year seems to bring on a concern with staying healthy. Many people focus on avoiding the flu and other seasonal illnesses. “Stress can decrease the immune system, and many people admittedly stress out during the holidays,” Dr. Tucker says. “Although there is no way to ensure that one can avoid the flu, a flu shot can help ward it off and should make it less severe if you do, indeed, come down with a case of influenza.” Dr. Tucker highly recommends the flu vaccine. Shots are available at ImmediateCare for $20. “It is a myth that a flu shot will give you the flu,” Dr. Huddleston adds. “It will not.”
Should you contract the flu, both doctors recommend getting lots of rest and drinking lots of fluids. Associated fevers may be treated with Motrin or Tylenol. Antivirals, such as Tamiflu, are available through prescription. If medication is taken within 24 to 48 hours of getting the flu, the duration period should be cut by a day or more.
ImmediateCare accepts most major insurance and offers a discount to cash patients. Although none of us ever hope to need urgent care, patients will be impressed with the caring attitude, concern and treatment provided by Drs. Tucker and Huddleston and their staff at Claremore Physicians ImmediateCare.
Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. The Claremore Physicians ImmediateCare facility is located just south of Claremore at the Market and behind Chili’s.
Blankenship graduated from the University of Oklahoma and has enjoyed a lifetime career in advertising. He started his own advertising business in 1993 and enjoys creating graphic art and writing. Hobbies include hunting, fishing and pencil drawings. Duane and his wife, Janice, have been married over 50 years and are active in their church and community. He has been a contributing writer for Value News/Values Magazine since 2005.