What do you do when allergy symptoms worsen before an all-day tournament? Or an itchy poison ivy rash starts spreading on Friday evening? Or you have a suspicious insect bite on your arm that you’re not sure should wait until Monday to seen by a medical professional? Unfortunately, illnesses and injuries can happen during the weekend, when many physician offices are closed, which could lead to expensive emergency room bills or driving out of town to for care. The Newport Weekend Clinic, formerly the After Hours Clinic, offers medical care for those moments.

The new name, Newport Weekend Clinic better describes the clinic’s purpose of providing quality medical care in a setting that is convenient and cost effective.

“We know many families’ busy lives don’t stop when the weekend starts. In fact, many families just get busier. It’s important to offer access to care in a clinic setting for things that aren’t serious or life-threatening so patients can enjoy the weekend without the worry, and avoid large medical bills,” said Robert Wright, Associate Administrator of Physician Services.

Kathleen Maples, APRN, sees patients at the Newport Weekend Clinic on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Maples has been seeing patients at the clinic since 2016. The Newport Weekend Clinic accepts all private insurance, Arkansas Works, Medicare, and Medicaid.

Patients with a life-threatening or serious illness or injury should always call 911, or go to the nearest emergency room.

The Newport Weekend Clinic is located inside the WRMC Medical Complex at 2200 Malcolm Avenue in Newport with no appointment necessary. For more questions, call (870) 512-2550 on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, or (870) 512-2560 Monday through Thursday.