How local urgent care is responding to COVID-19 in Birmingham

A medical professional sanitizing in order to enter a patient’s room. Photo via Lexi Coon, property of University of Alabama at Birmingham

Typically, urgent care facilities treat patients with illnesses or injuries that require immediate care but don’t require an emergency room. While most Birmingham urgent care facilities are still providing in-person screenings, many are now offering Telemedicine services, either online or over the phone.

Telemedicine

Telemedicine puts you in contact with the professionals from the comfort of your own home. Photo via MedHelp on Facebook

If you haven’t used or heard of telemedicine, it’s worth knowing. When you call a telemedicine line, their professional health care workers will ask you questions and do their best to diagnose you from the safety of your own home.

I personally used a telemedicine service a year ago when I was bedridden with an illness. The physician was able to diagnose me and recommend medicine from the discomfort of my own bed.

Urgent Care for Children

Photo via Urgent Care for Children on Facebook

Urgent Care for Children is now able to perform curbside COVID-19 testing for patients ages 0 to 21 in any of their five locations throughout Alabama. These tests will then be sent to a third-party lab, and parents can expect to receive a call with their child’s results, regardless if the test is negative or positive.

“We are following all CDC and Alabama Department of Public Health guidelines. We provide a treatment plan for our patients and follow up with their pediatrician, since they know the child’s full medical background.”

Anna Montgomery, Marketing Manager, Urgent Care for Children

In addition, Urgent Care for Children is offering contactless Telemedicine services through their website. Simply make an appointment and chat over the phone with their health care experts from the safety of your own home!

  • Telemedicine Hours: 2:00 PM to 10:00 PM Weekdays, 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM Weekends

American Family Care

Contact: 205.293.1205 | Website | Facebook | Instagram

Locally-based American Family Care has launched TeleCare, a call center that allows their physicians to safely screen patients prior to going to a medical facility. Their local call center supports patients from AL, CT, DE, FL, HI, IA, IN, MO, and TN.

MedHelp

One of the MedHelp campuses in Birmingham. Photo via MedHelp on Facebook

Contact: Website | Facebook

With five locations throughout Birmingham, MedHelp is able to offer assistance to just about anyone. In fact, they’ve recently partnered with an online TeleHealth service to offer help online. They can screen for COVID-19 as well as a variety of other sicknesses through the phone.

UAB Medicine Urgent Care

UAB’s urgent care facility in Birmingham. Photo via UAB Medicine Urgent Care
  • Contact: 205.801.5251 | Website | Facebook
  • Address: 125 20th Street South, Suite 103, Birmingham, AL 35233
  • Hours: 7AM to 7PM Mon-Fri, 8AM to 3PM Sat, 1PM to 5PM Sun

In addition, UAB Medicine recently launched UAB eMedicine, an online telemedicine service offering access to the expertise of UAB clinicians 24/7. In fact, they’ve created a screening questionnaire for COVID-19 based on CDC guidelines to help determine the right care for you.

Have you used telemedicine services? How was your experience? Tag us on @bhmanow and let us know what you thought!


  • Tennessee native who fell in love with Birmingham during college. Graduated from Birmingham-Southern College in 2019. Passionate about Birmingham and its continued growth.