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Ask the Expert - Express Care: Midwest Express Clinic
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Ask the Expert - Express Care: Midwest Express Clinic

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It’s time to get back to regular health checks and Midwest Express Clinic stands ready to help

The COVID-19 pandemic has been rife with challenges over the past year and a half, and one, in particular, has emerged as a double-edged sword: the need to maintain preventive health yet delaying it out of fear of exposure.

Dr. Adam Del Conte, chief medical officer of Midwest Express Clinic, which operates walk-in urgent care clinics throughout Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland, says it's time to resume regular doctor visits.

"During the pandemic, we've all been dealing with what to leave home for and where or where not to go. Now with many of us vaccinated, it's time to go back to our primary care physician and address wellness issues and preventive screenings that we've put off," he advises.

What services should be resumed? Dr. Del Conte says they include general wellness visits, regular physicals and routine screenings. If you're dealing with chronic health issues, you may have missed important touch-base visits with your physician in the last two years that need to be maintained.

The patient and the health-care provider can help make doctor visits safe, notes Dr. Del Conte.

"Continue to wear a mask, maintain your distance and keep up your handwashing hygiene. In addition, check-in for your appointment online when available to eliminate the need to do so in person and try to minimize your time in the waiting area, if possible."

Health-care facilities are also taking steps to maintain a safe environment for patients and staff. Dr. Del Conte says they've mastered the art of sanitization, and most are making certain their health-care workers are vaccinated.

"Is it reasonable to ask if a facility's health care workers are vaccinated? Absolutely," he asserts. "If you're not comfortable with your health care provider's vaccination protocol, you are entitled to seek out another provider."

Dr. Del Conte says that Midwest Express Clinics are practicing COVID sanitization protocols, as well as offering pre-registration and check-in online, along with the opportunity to wait in your vehicle when you arrive for your visit. There are extended walk-in hours and patients are often seen the same day. Midwest Express Clinics prioritize access for patients to get them in and out quickly. While the clinics are urgent-care facilities, they also offer primary care, interventions for well-being and preventive health care from blood tests to cancer screenings and ultrasounds and X-rays to diagnostics and more – all performed in-house.

The first Midwest Express Clinic opened in 2012 in Munster and has quickly expanded to serve multiple communities in Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland. Midwest Express Clinics provide the personal attention of preventive care with the convenience and speed of urgent care.

To learn more about Midwest Express Clinics, find a clinic near you and check in online, visit midwestexpressclinic.com.

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