Need a Doctor on Christmas or New Years?

Holidays are traditionally a time to reconnect with family and friends, and enjoy some well-deserved rest and relaxation. But, unexpected non-emergency healthcare can put a damper on holiday spirits.

Columbus, OH: In the movie “The Christmas Story”, all 9-year-old Ralphie wants for Christmas is an official Red Ryder BB rifle. Unfortunately, the repeated warnings from teachers and family is that he will “shoot his eye out” actually happened. Luckily, he wasn’t seriously hurt. But, if that happened to you on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day, you might have a hard time locating a doctor to check the injury.

Although the Ralphie rifle incident from a movie may not happen, more common situations such as a child waking up feeling feverish, Grandma’s holiday meal “just doesn’t set right,” or you feel the flu coming on, a trip to the emergency department (ED) may seem like an over-reaction. Yet, you don’t want to wait for your doctor’s office to open the next business day. So, what do you do? Unfortunately, those needing immediate, nonemergency care on a holiday have limited choices: Go to the emergency department (ED) or tough it out.

Now, there’s a third option for non-emergency care when your doctor’s office is closed. Scioto Urgent Care in Dublin, OH is a healthcare clinic provider that will be open when doctors’ offices and most urgent care centers are closed—Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Hours include:

  • Christmas Eve (Dec. 24) – 11:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m
  • Christmas Day (Dec. 25) – 11:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m
  • New Years Eve (Dec. 31) – 11:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m
  • New Years Day (Jan. 1) – 11:00 a.m – 5:00 p.m

Scioto Urgent Care offers fast, affordable, high-quality care and accepts most insurance, including Medicare. Average total treatment time at Scioto Urgent Care is under one hour compared to 3.2 hours at the emergency department (the latter statistic is provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Average insurance co-pay is $30 versus $90 at the emergency department; total treatment cost averages $313 versus $875 for the same treatment at the ED.

Treatment records are promptly forwarded to your primary care physician for follow-up care. If you are seeking a primary care physician, Scioto Urgent Care can provide referrals.

“Even if you live a half-hour away from Scioto Urgent Care, you can get treated and back home in less than two hours. Compare that to the time and cost of the typical visit to the ED and the benefits are obvious,” says Scioto Urgent Care, Doctor Marc Pesa.

Scioto Urgent Care uses the latest treatment protocols to handle a variety of non-emergency conditions such as fever, flu, colds, minor burns, cuts and abrasions requiring stitches, sprains, strains and fractures, and conditions such as sore throat or runny nose, ear, eye, minor infections, minor aches and pains.

If you’re not sure about coming in or you have questions, call Scioto Urgent Care at (614) 789-9464. A medical professional will help you determine the best course of action. The facility is located at: 4760 Sawmill Road, in Columbus, OH. For directions, you can visit the website at



Scioto Urgent Care Scioto Urgent Care is one of central Ohio’s leading urgent care facilities. Located on the Northwest side of Columbus (near Dublin & Upper Arlington) the urgent care center has been treating patients since early 2004. Scioto Urgent Care is a convenient health care alternative when your regular family physician is closed or you can’t get a timely appointment. The Northwest Columbus urgent care location is open everyday, including weekends and holidays. You do not need to be a regular Scioto Urgent Care health care patient to enjoy our convenience and medical care. No appointment is necessary. Just walk in and receive care when you need it most.

Media Contacts:

Marc Pesa, Scioto Urgent Care 4760 Sawmill Road Columbus, OH 43235

Phone: (614) 789-9464

Samantha Rufo, nxtConcepts 740-815-6925