Travel health care products and services have been a popular addition in recent years at both chain and independent drug stores, including those with retail clinics. But another health care operator is going to where the travelers are.
Code 3 Emergency Partners LLC, a Frisco, Texas-based privately owned and operated group of over 100 physicians specializing in emergency medicine, has opened urgent care centers with pharmacies at Dallas-Forth Worth International Airport and McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. Both offer clinical health services and house a small retail drug store with convenient remedies for travelers and employees of the airport and the businesses within.
The urgent care center in Terminal D at DFW Airport, for example, is equipped with four patient rooms plus on-site X-ray and laboratory facilities. It offers rapid lab test such as for strep, flu and urinalysis, as well as X-rays for sprains and other injuries. It provides concierge-level service and accepts most major health insurance, or patients can pay cash.
Conditions treated include upper respiratory and urinary tract infections, sprains/simple fractures, insect bites, cuts and minor injuries, sunburn, pediatric illnesses, fever, flu, diarrhea, constipation, nausea and vomiting, strep throat, rashes, hangovers and STDs. The urgent care center also addresses vision issues and provides B12 shots and pregnancy tests.
Along with prescriptions, the Code 3 pharmacy at DFW Airport sells a range of retail OTC health care products, such as energy drinks, pain relievers, allergy medicines, cold/cough/flu relief, digestives, sunscreen, first aid, lip care, skin care, diapers and baby items, feminine care, motion sickness aids, eye care and insect remedies, among other offerings.
The goal of Code 3 Urgent Care & Pharmacy is to provide immediate care with quick turnaround for travelers at the airport so they can catch their flight.
Carrie de Moor, founder and CEO of Code 3, noted that Code 3 Urgent Care & Pharmacy provides “convenient access to unscheduled acute care” for travelers.
“We knew that with over 60,000 employees representing many employers on-site every day and over 60 million passengers traveling through the airport every year, there was a definite need for this service,” de Moor commented on the opening of the Code 3 center at DFW Airport.
DFW Airport serves 28 passenger airlines and more than 65 million passengers annually. The airport also employs 1,900 people and has about 60,000 people who go to work at there daily. “We intend to partner with airport employers to provide an affordable and easily accessible solution for their employees’ acute unscheduled health care needs,” de Moor added.
Besides the airport urgent care and pharmacy centers, Code 3 owns and operates three emergency rooms and five urgent care locations in Carrollton, Mesquite, Rockport and McKinney, Texas. The company also plans a facility at the DFW Southgate Plaza Development that will house a full-service ER and 24/7 urgent care center.