After Hours Care
It is important to know what to do if your child becomes sick or is injured. First of all, ask you doctor in advance about what you should do if your child becomes ill or is in an accident. Your doctor can help you and can teach you how to avoid a trip to the emergency room for a simple problem.
Urgent care means that your child needs to see a doctor soon, but his or her condition is not life threatening.
Examples of urgent care are:
- An earache
- A minor cut or sprain
- A minor illness with fever in a child over 2 months of age. Fever in a baby under 2 months of age requires an immediate visit to the doctor
- A skin rash
- Out of prescription medication
- CALL YOUR CHILD'S DOCTOR'S OFFICE FIRST. Tell them your child's symptoms and ask for an appointment as soon as possible. They will refer you to a hospital if your child needs emergency care.
- AFTER HOURS OR ON THE WEEKEND. Call your child's doctor first and he or she will tell you what steps to take next.
An emergency is when you think your child could die or you think harm will come to your child if you do not get medical help right away. Take your child to the nearest emergency room if your child has:
- A severe burn
- Passed out
- Trouble breathing
- Vomiting blood or coughing up blood
- Bleeding that will not stop after 10 minutes of direct pressure
- An animal bite
- Been molested, beaten, stabbed, shot
- A serious injury to the leg, arm, foot, hand or head
- A broken bone
- Trouble controlling his actions and is dangerous to himself or others without treatment
CALL 911 FOR LIFE OR DEATH SITUATIONS such as when your child cannot breathe or swallow, is choking or has convulsions, drank poison or has a spine or neck injury. Keep your child very still until an ambulance arrives.
After Hours & Urgent Care Locations
There are available options to avoid the Emergency Room. Please visit Driscoll Children's Urgent Care in Corpus Christi. If you live in the Victoria area, please visit the Driscoll Children's After-Hours Clinic or if you live in McAllen please visit Driscoll Children's Quick Care. The cost and wait time are less than the emergency room.
Driscoll Health Plan provides a free, value added service, Prenatal Educational Showers for Pregnant Women enrolled under STAR and CHIP. The Cadena de Madres Project will provide culturally appropriate information and provide a supportive environment for pregnant women to promote positive behaviors.
The baby showers are offered at various sites every week all available counties. Presented in three sessions, the showers will celebrate their pregnancy, offer games, prizes, and healthy snacks.
For more information and to obtain a schedule for monthly educational baby showers CLICK HERE.
Disease Management services are available to help manage a chronic illness, or address a sudden, catastrophic event or medical condition requiring multiple services and intensive management.
DHP's goal is to help members with a chronic disease or disease risk factors better manage their condition. DHP offers eligible members comprehensive educational resources and access to one-on-one nurse coaching and specialty care.
Disease Management programs are available to members with chronic health conditions, including:
- Video - "How to Use Asthma and COPD Inhalers Correctly"
High Risk Pregnancy Case Management
Driscoll Health Plan provides High Risk Pregnancy Case Management to high risk pregnant women of all ages, in order to help them gain access to medical, social, educational and other health-related services.
Examples of Case Management services are:
- Registered Nurse Needs Assessment for identification of risk factors
- Development of a plan of care
- Coordination of referrals to appropriate providers and community resources
- Health education
Other benefits include:
- Substance Abuse Treatment
- Smoking Cessation
- Psychosocial Counseling
- Nutritional Counseling
- Social Work services