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Know Before You Go: What is Convenient Care?

| Date Posted: 12/13/2019

When you or a loved one needs medical care that just can’t wait, or if you’re simply not feeling well, FirstHealth Convenient Care is here to help. Kate McBride, PA-C, of FirstHealth Convenient Care in Asheboro answers some of the most commonly asked questions about the new service now offered in Randolph County.


Kate McBride, PA-C

What is convenient care?

FirstHealth Convenient Care provides treatment for all your urgent but non-life-threatening illnesses and family medical care needs. FirstHealth Convenient Care is intended to fill the void between a true emergency (ER) and preventative care from a primary doctor. Patients are provided with a one-stop option for unscheduled, urgent care by an experienced medical team led by a board certified physician specializing in emergency medicine.


What types of illnesses and injuries can be treated at a convenient care clinic

FirstHealth Convenient Care serves adults and children with non-emergency medical needs including such ailments as upper respiratory infection, strep, mild asthma, flu and urinary tract infection as well as minor injuries such as cuts, burns and broken bones that have not broken the skin. Imaging services, immunizations and sports physicals are also among the various services offered, as well as flu shots.


Do I need to make an appointment?

No, FirstHealth Convenient Care is a walk-in clinic. Appointments are not necessary to be seen and treated.


Is FirstHealth Convenient Care open seven days a week?

Yes, FirstHealth Convenient Care is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week. The clinic will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day and will close at 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve.


Is insurance accepted?

Yes, each Convenient Care clinic accepts the following insurance and contracted managed care plans; FirstCarolinaCare, Medicare, Medicaid, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Tricare, UnitedHealthcare, Cigna, and most Medicare replacement plans and commercial carriers. The copayment amount for convenient care is typically the same as a primary care visit copay and less than what someone would pay at an urgent care clinic and the emergency department. 



Certified physician assistants Kate McBride and Christine McBride staff FirstHealth Convenient Care located at 208 W. Salisbury Street in Asheboro. For more information about clinic services, visit our website or call (336) 523-0040. Additional Convenient Care clinics are located in Hamlet, Pinehurst, Raeford, Sanford and Whispering Pines. 

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