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Express Care

Logo: UC San Diego Health Express Care

  Video visits: We offer Express Care Video Visits for certain health conditions 7 days a week. To schedule a video visit, call 800-926-8273 or go to MyUCSDChart.

Emergency Care

If you have a life-threatening medical emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest Emergency Department.

Our ER locations in San Diego County are open 24 hours every day.

Walk into an Express Care clinic when you want prompt medical care for coughs, colds, sore throat, ear infections, simple fractures or sprains, or other minor health care needs.

You can also get diagnostic and wellness services, including evaluations for some prescriptions and screenings for camp and school, from experienced, board-certified nurse practitioners and physician assistants.

Key benefits: We are open seven days a week, including evenings and weekends. No appointment or referral is needed. You can reserve your spot online instead of spending time in the waiting room. We accept many insurance plans and "cash pay." We also provide quick on-site testing for some conditions. X-ray services are available at most locations.

Express Care Locations

Downtown San Diego

4.7
 
 
This rating is a summary of ratings provider’s ratings within Express Care. The star ratings come from patient surveys conducted by NRC Health, also known as National Research Corporation. Each year, nearly 60,000 patients who receive care at UC San Diego Health respond to our surveys.
203 West F St.
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 800-926-8273
Map and directions

Open daily 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
(Closed: 12–1 p.m. for lunch, and on UC San Diego holidays)
X-ray services: Available off-site at nearby Hillcrest facility

Encinitas

4.8
 
 
This rating is a summary of ratings provider’s ratings within Express Care. The star ratings come from patient surveys conducted by NRC Health, also known as National Research Corporation. Each year, nearly 60,000 patients who receive care at UC San Diego Health respond to our surveys.
1505 Encinitas Blvd.
Encinitas, CA 92024
Phone: 800-926-8273
Map and directions

Open daily 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
(Closed: 12–1 p.m. for lunch, and on UC San Diego holidays)
X-ray services: Available

Eastlake

4.7
 
 
This rating is a summary of ratings provider’s ratings within Express Care. The star ratings come from patient surveys conducted by NRC Health, also known as National Research Corporation. Each year, nearly 60,000 patients who receive care at UC San Diego Health respond to our surveys.
2295 Otay Lakes Road, Suite 110
Chula Vista, CA 91915
Phone: 800-926-8273
Map and directions

Open daily 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
(Closed: 12–1 p.m. for lunch, and on UC San Diego holidays)
X-ray services: Available

Pacific Highlands Ranch


6030 Village Way, Suite 200
San Diego, CA 92130

Phone: 800-926-8273
Map and directions




Open daily 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.

(Closed: 12–1 p.m. for lunch, and on UC San Diego holidays)
X-ray services: Coming soon

Rancho Bernardo

4.7

This rating is a summary of ratings provider’s ratings within Urgent Care. The star ratings come from patient surveys conducted by NRC Health, also known as National Research Corporation. Each year, nearly 60,000 patients who receive care at UC San Diego Health respond to our surveys.

16950 Via Tazon
San Diego, CA 92127

Phone: 800-926-8273
Map and directions




Open daily 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.

(Closed: 12–1 p.m. for lunch, and on UC San Diego holidays)
X-ray and lab services: Available
Walk-in lab hours vary. See Lab Services.



Who Can Use Express Care?

Patients ages 6 months and older can get excellent walk-in care from our experienced nurse practitioners and physician assistants without a referral.

This same-day service helps when you have a common illness or injury, or face a relatively minor situation that can’t wait for an appointment with your primary care doctor.

You can use Express Care Video Visits to get virtual care from the comfort of your home if you're 18 years of age or older.

Illness & Injury Care

Get expert diagnosis and treatment for several minor health conditions at our Express Care clinics.

Symptoms and Conditions Treated at Express Care

  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Bladder or urinary tract infections (UTIs)
  • Coughs and colds
  • COVID-19 testing or symptom evaluation
  • Diarrhea and vomiting
  • Earaches and ear infections
  • Fever or flu-like symptoms
  • Minor burns
  • Minor cuts and wound care
  • Simple fractures, sprains and strains
  • Sinus infections
  • Skin infections
  • Sore throat or strep throat

Quick on-site testing: We offer "point-of-care" testing for certain conditions. You’ll get the results before you leave the clinic for the following: blood sugar (fingertip), flu test, pregnancy (urine test), strep test, rapid COVID-19 tests, rapid RSV tests and urinalysis.

Wellness and Preventive Services

For your convenience, our Express Care clinics also offer X-rays and a range of wellness services, including diagnostic tests, for you and your family:

  • Blood pressure checks
  • Certain gynecology needs, including birth control prescriptions and pregnancy testing (pap smears are not performed)
  • EpiPen prescriptions
  • Flu shots
  • Sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing and treatment, as warranted
  • Sports physicals or health screenings for camp or school for children ages 6 and up (except those that require a doctor's authorization)

Paying for Express Care

You can pay with your health insurance plans and cash pay at our Express Care clinics (except for our Medi-Cal patients). We do not accept USHIP student health insurance or Medi-Cal. Co-pays for visits are typically the same as that for a clinic appointment and must be paid while checking in.

You may also be able to use your employer-provided flexible spending account (FSA) or health savings account (HSA) to pay for Express Care. Check with your plan.



Express Care: Holiday Closures & Limited Hours

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day (third Monday in January) — open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Presidents Day (third Monday in February) — open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Memorial Day (last Monday in May) — closed
  • Juneteenth (June 19) — open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Independence Day (July 4) — closed
  • Labor Day (first Monday in September) — closed
  • Veterans Day (November 11) — open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Thanksgiving (fourth Thursday in November) — closed
  • Friday after Thanksgiving — closed
  • Christmas holidays (December 24–25) — closed
  • New Year's holidays (December 31-January 1) — closed

Patient Satisfaction Rating

 
 
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This is a summary of each location’s ratings within Express Care. Learn more about NRC Health Patient Satisfaction Rating.


Meet Our Express Care Specialists

Our Express Care clinics are staffed by experienced nurse practitioners and physician assistants. Meet our team.

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