While you’re out and about on Saturday (April 9), stop by the grand opening celebration from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the new Doctors Express Urgent Care (3348 W. Esplanade Ave., Suite A, Metairie, 888-9988). You can tour the premises, meet the medical staff, receive a free blood-pressure screening and vitamin B-12 shot, enjoy refreshments and win prizes, including an iPad.
The Metairie clinic, part of the only nationally franchised urgent care chain, pledges that its patients will see a doctor within 20 minutes of arrival — no appointments necessary — and the staff will take care of all their non-emergency needs: treatment of illnesses, trauma and sports injuries; prescriptions and medication dispensing; laboratory tests; minor surgical procedures; digital X-rays; travel vaccinations and more.
Cardiac surgeon Dr. John Pigott, chief medical officer of Tulane Medical Center, and his wife Rebekah, a former nurse, own the Doctors Express in Metairie. Dr. Pat Gary, a former emergency room physician with 30 years of experience in the field, is the medical director.
Doctors began seeing patients at the new clinic April 1. It is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Most insurance, including Medicare, is accepted, and discounts are available for patients who don’t have insurance and those who pay in cash.