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New England Urgent Care is one of the first urgent cares in Connecticut to receive its licensing, and is the only state-licensed and nationally certified urgent care operating in West Hartford, Enfield, Manchester and Bristol.

The process was rigorous — New England Urgent Care facilities were subject to inspection and investigation. After meeting all the requirements, licensing was granted on May 28, 2019.

Why does licensing matter?

According to Connecticut lawmakers, the goal was to “better regulate this growing industry that provides an important health care service.” Dr. Michael Gutman, New England Urgent Care Medical Director, believes regulation benefits patients. He said, “It’s going to force facilities to either say ‘we’re not urgent care’ or increase quality of their care.”

In addition, New England Urgent Care and has been nationally certified since 2011 by the Urgent Care Association of America (UCAOA). This certification ensures New England Urgent Care has the training and on-site equipment — including x-rays, blood lab, EKG, respiratory and pharmacy — to treat patients for a broader range of illnesses and injuries than walk-ins that are not certified.

State Statue Chapter 368V § 19a-490-495 outlines the requirements that would ‘promote safe, humane and adequate care and treatment of individuals.’

Gutman added, “New England Urgent Care is capable of delivering diagnostic and treatment modalities to ill and injured patients far beyond that of a Primary Care clinic. It’s important for the public to be able to differentiate the level of services provided by clinics.”

Read more: Journal Inquirer: New England Urgent Care among first to receive state certification


Source: “Lawmakers Push to Regulate Urgent Care Centers” Hartford Courant, August 25, 2017

Volunteer Day at Elizabeth Park

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For the second year in a row, New England Urgent Care staff have chosen to help beautify historic Elizabeth Park in Hartford. On the national register of historic places, Elizabeth Park has a little more than one hundred acres of formal gardens, green space, recreational facilities, walking paths, and a café where visitors can enjoy a meal and refreshments.

“Giving back to our community is an integral part of New England Urgent Care’s philosophy. Each year our team votes on which place or cause they would like to place their energy. This year, Elizabeth Park topped the survey for the second year in a row,” commented Luciane Mastrangeli, Lead X-ray Technologist and Marketing Coordinator.

New England Urgent Care Providers, RNs, x-ray Techs, and support staff will work along side one another to plant, dig and weed on June 6th.

seasonal allergies

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Have you had little to no success with over-the-counter medications to combat the drippy nose and itchy eyes? Maybe you can do something more.

A group urgent care clinic physicians across the country have developed this list of food recommendations to help allergy sufferers fight the effects of springtime allergies.
  1. Eat bland foods. Skip the spicy foods. They can cause your body to produce more histamines. These are chemicals your body releases during allergic reactions, which cause sneezing, itchy watery eyes, runny nose, etc.
  2. Eat honey. Especially local honey, which contains the pollen causing your allergies. This will actually help build up your immunity towards those allergens.
  3. Drink green tea (hot or cold). It contains natural antihistamines and can help reduce your symptoms.
  4. Eat more fish. Omega-3s found in fatty fish, like salmon, trout or tuna boost have anti-inflammatory properties and can boost your immunity.
  5. Eat pineapple. It’s packed with vitamins C and B, and the enzyme Bromelain, which can reduce swelling in the nose and sinuses.
They also recommend avoiding following:
  1. Alcohol: Even one glass of wine or an alcoholic beverage could irritate existing allergies during allergy season. Researchers think the bacteria and yeast in the alcohol produce histamines.
  2. Cow’s Milk: Products made from cow’s milk can increase mucus production, especially if you experience post nasal drip. However, goat’s milk has much less lactose and causes almost no allergies.
  3. Tomatoes: Tomatoes are rich in histamines and share similar proteins to those found in pollen. If you eat them on high pollen-count days, the tomato proteins may cross-react with pollen and could cause what is known as “oral allergy syndrome.” Hint: if grass pollen gives you a scratchy throat, eliminate fresh tomatoes from your springtime diet.
  4. Sugar: Avoid sweets during allergy season. A spike in blood sugar triggers an insulin response and that can lead to congestion.
If you suffer from allergy symptoms lasting more than a few days, we recommend you stop in to be checked out by a New England Urgent Care Provider.

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Food poisoning is not fun. In fact, it can be quite serious. See how well you know the dos and don’ts of proper food safety.

  1. Harmful bacteria can accurately be detected by sight, smell or taste.
    TRUE or FALSE
  2. Federal regulations require product dating on all foods.
    TRUE or FALSE
  3. It’s OK to eat bread that has mold on it as long as the mold is scraped off.
    TRUE or FALSE
  4. Washing raw chicken removes bacteria.
    TRUE or FALSE
  5. You can drink milk past the date on the carton.
    TRUE or FALSE
  6. Food can be left out for up to 2 hours.
    TRUE or FALSE

Food safety 

  1. Harmful bacteria can accurately be detected by sight, smell or taste.
    False
    You cannot tell if food is still safe just by looking at it. Dangerous bacteria can grow very fast on food that is left out too long.
  2. Federal regulations require product dating on all foods.
    False
    Federal regulations only require product dating for infant formula.
    For meat, poultry, and egg products, dates may be voluntarily applied in compliance with Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) regulations.
  3. It’s OK to eat bread that has mold on it as long as the mold is scraped off.
    False
    If you see a spot on bread that’s fuzzy or colorful there may be more than you can’t see. So it’s safest to discard the entire loaf. However, mold on cheese is a different story. It’s OK to cut off an inch around and under the mold and eat the rest.
  4. Washing raw chicken removes bacteria.
    False
    You can actually spread bacteria by washing raw chicken! Chicken juice can get onto your sink, countertop, and other surfaces thereby increasing your chance of food poisoning. Always wash your hands thoroughly before and after handling any raw food.
  5. You can drink milk past the date on the carton.
    True
    The date on the carton is a “sell-by” date. It is not an “expiration” or “use-by” date. Milk should stay fresh a few days past the date, as long as you refrigerate it right way.
  6. Food can be left out for up to 2 hours.
    True
    You don’t have to rush away from the dinner table to put leftovers in the fridge, but don’t wait too long. Store them within 2 hours of cooking. Food served outdoors in hot weather needs to go in a cooler with ice within an hour. Throw away anything that’s been left out longer.

Symptoms of food poisoning

Symptoms can vary depending on the type of contamination. Here is a list of common symptoms:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Watery or bloody diarrhea
  • Abdominal pain and cramps
  • Fever

If symptoms last longer than a day or two or are severe, we urge you to seek immediate medical treatment.