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Walk-in clinic opening July in Farragut

Two West Knoxville doctors are teaming up to open a walk-in clinic in Farragut.

“Being close to home, we started scouting locations and thought this was the place,” said Dr. David Petty, a West Knox County resident.

Petty and Dr. Rodney Dunham, a Farragut resident, will be the owners and operators of the aptly named Farragut Walk-in Clinic, tentatively scheduled to open in early-to-mid July at 11408 Kingston Pike, suite 400, beside The Bed Store.

According to Petty, walk-in clinics used to be subject of jokes in the medical field in the past, but patient log jams at physician offices have brought about a need for no appointment necessary medical care.

“Walk-in clinics are kind of a new concept. Most of us laughed about them in the past, but they serve a genuine need,” he said. “If you call your primary (care physician) it might be two weeks before you see them. If it’s an illness you have now, you need something else. I think there is a need for acute care, which is difficult for primary care providers to provide because of the demand on primary care physicians.”

Once the Farragut Walk-in Clinic opens, Petty said, they will treat acute illnesses and minor injuries in children and adults, administer routine physical exams and drug screens and have access to X-ray, a basic laboratory and EKG machine.

The approximately 1,900 square-foot facility will have a check-in desk and three patient rooms, one will be larger than the other two, Petty said, to administer “minor surgical procedures and set simple fractures.”

The suite was formerly a Suncom office, a retailer of pagers, but closed when the company merged with AT&T.

“We both said this was the place when we saw it,” Petty said.

Petty said, he and Dunham have “been involved in walk-in clinics for several years.”

Dunham currently owns a walk-in clinic in Athens, called Athens Walk-in Clinic. He’s owned the clinic for five years.

Prior to that, Dunham had a family practice in Etowah for approximately nine years. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee Medical School in Memphis.

Petty has worked for Physicians Plus in Cleveland for five months. Prior to that, he said he “primarily did emergency room work.”

He had worked in the emergency room at Woods Memorial Hospital District in Etowah for four years and three-and-a-half years at Jellico Community Hospital.

Petty estimated he has 10 years experience working in emergency rooms. He is a graduate of Vanderbilt Medical School.

Once the clinic opens, Petty and Dunham will be able to see patients, at any age, with or without insurance. Non-insured patients will be asked to pay cash.

At first, they will not be able to accept TennCare or Medicare patients, Petty said.


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