The centers all have extended hours, including weekends.
Usually there is a doctor, but not always. Immediate Care of Southern New Hampshire typically has a nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant in Pelham.
Elliot rotates hospital emergency room physicans through its urgent care centers in Londonderry and Manchester.
Some provide X-rays and lab services, others do not. Some have affiliations with hospitals and partner providers, others do not.
So patients have to ask questions about services and costs.
Puyanic sums them up: “What will be my co-pay and the total cost of my visit? Will I be billed a facility fee? Is there a physician on site, or only a physician’s assistant or nurse practitioner? How long should I expect the visit to take?”
Urgent care didn’t get to New Hampshire in a hurry, but appears it is here to stay.
“Now that they are here,” Wu said, “patients realize this is really good.”
Staff writer Doug Moser contributed to this report.