Aug. 4, 2016 By Michael Florio
A new urgent care center will be opening in Astoria next week.
Northwell Health will be cutting the ribbon Monday to its 37-01 Broadway location, its fourth in Queens.
The center will treat common conditions such as a sore throat, fevers, headaches, sneezing, lacerations and basic orthopedic conditions. The facility will also provide X-rays and lab services.
The 2,100-square-foot Astoria center will consist of four exam rooms, one of which is a procedure room, where lacerations will be treated, according to Sarah Arora, president of the New York Market for Northwell Health-GoHealth Urgent Care.
There will be one to two physicians or physician assistants present at all times. In addition, there will be an X-ray technician and a medical assistant, Arora said.
“We will add more staff if necessary,” she said.
Arora said it is hard to project the number of patients the Broadway facility will serve, but she anticipates the number to increase throughout the first year it is open.
The center will be open from 8 am to 8 pm during the week, and 9 am to 5 pm on weekends.
Arora said Northwell Health will follow patient demand closely and will modify its hours accordingly.
“For example, we saw a lot of patients coming in the evenings on weekends in one center in Manhattan,” Arora said. “That space is now open from 8 am to 8 pm, seven days a week.”
“We will watch extremely closely in Astoria to see what the community is demanding from an accessibility standpoint,” she added.
Northwell Health has been seeking a location in Astoria since 2014, but held off until the right retail space became available.
“There are a few spots you really want to be in Astoria and we held out for this location,” Arora said. “We wanted this location because it is easily accessible to Astoria residents.”
The space is highly visible and on a busy commercial corridor with a lot of foot traffic, according to Arora.
“We want to be a part of the community where people are already living their lives,” she added. “The Broadway location allows us to do so.”
Northwell Health first opened in Queens in 2014, with a Forest Hills location. It has since opened facilities in LeFrak City and Ridgewood.
The company is looking to open additional centers in Queens, and has looked at Long Island City, Sunnyside and Jackson Heights, Arora said.
“We love Queens and there seems to be a need for healthcare in these areas,” she added.