Because You Really Don’t want to go to the Emergency Room

How many times has your kid decided to get sick on a Saturday evening at 5 – just after your pediatrician closes?  Or why is it that they always seem to fall and get that cut you can’t quite be sure needs stitches  just when either the pediatrician isn’t open, or the ER is at it’s Urgent Care in Manhattanabsolutely most crowded. Thanks be to the boo-boo- Gods, Urgent Care Manhattan has come to the Upper West Side – and to the rescue.

“We’re here to help with minor emergencies and immediate healthcare needs.”  explains Dr. Mark Melrose, who with Dr. Neal Shipley owns and operates the practice. “We make healthcare easy. If you don’t have a primary care doctor nearby, you can come to us. You don’t even need an appointment.  It’s easier than getting theatre tickets in this town.”

“Our mission is to provide our patients with exceptional care and personal attention immediately.” says Dr. Shipley,  a longtime ER physician at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.  A father of three, he knows how important family friendly emergency care is.  “We want to be your neighborhood country doctor.”

Both Dr. Melrose and Dr. Shipley are Board Certified Emergency Medical doctors – with decades of experience. (And just as an aside, all you single NYC moms: Dr. Melrose is single.  And seems very very nice.  (He’s the one on the left.) And he’s a doctor!! Oh, sorry, my Jewish Mother is showing!) ANYWAY –  I asked Dr. Melrose why parents should feel comfortable taking their children to him and Dr. Shipley, instead of a pediatrician. “Emergency doctors are trained to take care of all childhood illnesses and emergencies,” he explained. “Plus, most pediatricians don’t do things like give stitches, or take x-rays.  They’ll send you to an ER anyway.” he added.  “We can do all that right here.”

So let’s say you’re not sure if that ankle is sprained..or something more.  Of if that’s strep, or just a virus, and you can’t get an appointment, or don’t want to face the waiting room, and sure as hell don’t want to go to an ER. I mean, unless you have, like, 6 hours to spare.   That’s when you need Urgent Care Manhattan.

Urgent Care Manhattan is open seven days a week, and always staffed by at least one of the two MD’s who own the practice, as well as two medical assistants and an emergency nurse. (And no, I cannot tell you when the single doctor is there.  Jeez! Go on j-date!) I’m sure you’re wondering, so no,  they don’t take insurance – but if you’re entitled to out of network coverage, your own insurance should cover at least part of the cost.  Basic visits start at $150 (pretty standard for NYC family practitioners) and everything else – like stitches, or an IV, or a strep test or xrays – is “menu driven.”

Urgent Care Manhattan is located at 199 Amsterdam Avenue at 69th Street. 1 212 721 4200 For more information visit


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