COLONIAL HEIGHTS, VA (WWBT) - It's a new option for medical care in the Tri-Cities area. A new Patient First facility is set to open Wednesday.
This new facility will offer urgent and primary care 365 days a year. Many people say they often are forced to drive to Chesterfield or Richmond to get that kind of care.
Workers are doing some last minute cleaning before Wednesday's grand opening of this new Patient First off Temple Avenue in Colonial Heights. This medical center will offer something in short supply in Colonial Heights - urgent medical care, available all year 'round.
Yadullah Tucker works in Colonial Heights and has a grandmother who lives nearby. She says her biggest concern is needing to drive far away during a medical emergency - and not making it in time.
"The Patient First is definitely convenient to her locality in case an emergency happens and we can't get to the hospital," Tucker said. "Who wants to get sick at work and not get rushed out in time? That's a scary feeling."
Right now it's a bit of a drive to get to the nearest hospital. John Randolph Medical Center in Hopewell is the closest - about a fifteen to twenty minute drive away. Some people in Colonial Heights say they're relieved there will now be more options close by.
"This is right here in the heart of Colonial Heights," Tucker said. "I feel like it's conveniently located in this area. Colonial Heights doesn't have a hospital."
The Tri-Cities area continues to grow with the expansion of Fort Lee and the mayor of Colonial Heights says it was only a matter of time before a facility like this opened up closer to home.
"Having primary and urgent care in one facility and open on weekends and every day from 8 to 10 will benefit a lot of clients who need that medical care," said Mayor Scott Davis.
The new Patient First Medical Center will offer digital x-ray services, lab work and many prescriptions on site.