St. Joseph Medical Center in Bellingham is asking people with mild flu symptoms and non-emergency health issues to see their doctor or go to a drop-in clinic instead of going to the ER.
Family Care Network patients have three options for urgent care:
1. Many of our clinics have extended hours, and many physicians have same day appointments available. Call your clinic before going to the ER.
2. Our Bellingham Urgent Care Center is open 1pm to 9pm Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm Saturday-Sunday. (established FCN patients only)
3. Our North Cascade Urgent Care in Mount Vernon is open 11am-6pm Monday-Friday, 9am-1:30pm Saturday. (open to all)
Read more about the hospital's request here: http://www.bellinghamherald.com/news/local/article125639579.html