DUBLIN — Sutter Health’s Palo Alto Medical Foundation announced on Wednesday it has opened its latest Pediatric Urgent Care Clinic in Dublin.

Located at 4050 Dublin Blvd., the clinic promises same-day medical attention for minor to moderate illnesses after hours and on holidays, open from 1 to 8 p.m. during the week and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and holidays.

In addition to offering medical attention for conditions like flu, fever, colds, allergic reactions, cuts, sprains or fractures, the clinic will have laboratory and X-ray services, and doctors there can refer patients to specialists.

“Caring for kids requires special knowledge and a caring touch – especially when it’s urgent,” said Michaella Okihara, chair of Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s Pediatric Urgent Care, in a statement. “We know people often need high quality care for their children after hours or beyond the standard work week. Urgent care is available for kids when they need it.”

Because it does not treat serious life-threatening emergencies, the clinic can potentially cut down on wait times that kids might experience in the emergency room where most serious emergencies are treated first, Sutter officials say.

Sutter has opened several urgent care clinics around the Bay Area, as well as walk-in clinics that provide services like treating colds or flu, health screenings, weight loss and smoking-cessation programs and vaccinations.

Sutter Health recently signed a lease with new retail center The Veranda on Concord’s Diamond Boulevard for a new clinic that is slated to open later this year, and it opened walk-in clinics in Dublin, Walnut Creek, San Jose and San Ramon in the last half of 2017.

More urgent care and walk-in clinics could alleviate pressure on emergency rooms, where many people turn when they can’t access care from their primary doctor.

According to a 2016 poll conducted by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, even though about 74 percent of Americans have regular doctors, 22 percent say there has been at least one time in the last two years when they needed care but could not get an appointment with their regular physician. Of those people, about 70 percent have sought and received care in an emergency room and 60 percent said they received assistance at an urgent care facility.

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