If you think you may have been infected with the coronavirus, do not come to Mahaska Health. Call your provider immediately.

What to Expect from my Visit

What can I be treated for at Walk-In?

Walk-In is for acute; non-emergent illnesses or injuries. We treat illnesses and injuries such as sprains and strains, sore throats, ear aches, rashes, colds and coughs, high fever, body aches, minor infections, minor burns and cuts and suture removal.

Why would I be advised to go to the Emergency Department if I have already checked in for Walk-In?

Walk-In is not a substitute for emergency care and is not fully equipped for conditions that could require urgent medical intervention. Walk-In providers cannot obtain prior authorizations from insurance companies for advanced medical imaging that may be needed for diagnosing potentially urgent issues.

Can I be treated for...

STDs? - Yes, we do treat sexually transmitted diseases at Walk-In. Rest assured that we treat your medical information with a high degree of confidentiality and discretion.

Pap Smears? - No. Walk-In is not intended to replace routine care appointments with your primary care provider.

Allergies? - We can treat the acute symptoms of seasonal allergy such as coughing, sneezing, itchy eyes, runny noses, etc. For more in-depth allergy treatment and preventive care, please contact MHP Medical Group: Allergy/Immunology/Pulmonology at 641.672.3360 to schedule an appointment with Allergy Specialists Stanley Horner, DO, and Melissa Lamb, ARNP-BC.

Medication Refills? - It is also not appropriate to utilize Walk-In if you need a refill of maintenance medications, such as blood pressure or cholesterol pills.

Medication prescriptions? - Medications may need to be prescribed to treat a bacterial illness or symptom you are currently experiencing. Not all medications can be prescribed by Walk-In providers. For example, medications prescribed for long-term pain, maintenance prescription refills (such as blood pressure or cholesterol meds), narcotics or controlled substances (anxiety or ADHD meds) cannot be prescribed at Walk-In. Please discuss these needs with your primary care provider.

Will I get antibiotics?

Antibiotics do not fight infections caused by viruses. According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), taking antibiotics for viral infections, such as colds, flu, most sore throats, bronchitis and many sinus or ear infections:

  • Will not cure the infection
  • Will not keep other people from getting sick
  • Will not help you or your child feel better
  • May cause unnecessary and harmful side effects
  • May contribute to antibiotic resistance, which is when bacteria are able to resist the effects of an antibiotic and continue to cause harm

For more information about this growing issue, visit the CDC’s website.