NORWALK, Conn. – Norwalk residents seeking quick medical care will be able to find the help they need at the newly opened AFC/Doctors Express Urgent Care Center on Main Avenue.
The Norwalk location is the fifth AFC/Doctors Express Urgent Care Center in the state, with other centers in Stamford and Bridgeport and two in Danbury. It is the 146th to open nationwide. The center will be open seven days a week with extended hours and a physician on site at all times.
“The combination of the staff of doctors, the-state-of-the-art facility and the range of services we provide I think separates us from the competition,” said owner Ken Goldberg.
The medical staff is overseen by Dr. Mark Wasserman and is made up of board certified or board eligible physicians, supported licensed X-ray technologists, LPNs and medical assistants. The Norwalk location has its own on-site laboratory and X-ray equipment and will be able to provide a wide range of services, including treating illnesses and injuries, flu testing, sports physicals, pre-employment testing, drug testing, pre-surgical physicals and vaccinations.
Goldberg said that urgent care facilities are becoming more prevalent throughout the country because of the quality of the care provided, as well as the fact that more people have insurance and don’t need to go to an emergency room.
“I think for lots of injuries and other medical issues, it’s more appropriate to come here because the severity won’t necessitate you going to to the ER and you’re going to be able to get in and out in less than an hour, and it’s going to be less expensive in a lot of cases.”
Goldberg said that Norwalk was a convenient location for the center, and said that surrounding businesses have been very welcoming and supportive.
“Norwalk’s is a great place. It’s a combination of a great family community and an attractive city for business. When I saw this location I was really convinced that I was going to have a successful business and do a lot of great things for the town.”
AFC/Doctors Express is located in the Center 7 Shopping Center at 607 Main Ave. It’s open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends.
The center accepts most insurance carriers including Medicaid and Medicare, as well as many of the Affordable Care Act insurance plans, and will have cash and credit card rates for self-pay patients.