People are waiting hours to see a doctor at several Indianapolis urgent care facilities as flu season tightens its grip across Central Indiana.
Dawn Munden brought her toddler, Abigail, to the St. Francis Immediate Care Center on Thompson Road, Tuesday night, because she had flu-like symptoms.
“She has a really high fever. About 101,” said Munden.
When she arrived, Munden realized there was about an hour-long wait.
“There was a couple of people waiting at the front desk to check in and this whole area was almost full,” she described.
The wait is even worse at other clinics. Fox 59 found out, at one point, there had been a three-hour long wait at MedCheck East.
Flu season in Indiana started about a month early this year and has hit hard. Dr. Chris Crosby, the doctor on call at St. Francis ICC, said he hadn’t been off his feet since he came to work.
“I know I’m gonna have to keep moving before I come in,” said Crosby.
He said he sees about 40 patients a day, but this flu season has nearly doubled the number. Many patients come in with the flu.
“There’s not a lot of down time,” he said.
Doctors recommend anyone seeking help at an urgent care facility should avoid peak hours when school is out and people get off work.