Harrison Port Orchard clinic no longer 24 hours

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Harrison Medical Center’s Port Orchard urgent care clinic will no longer be open 24 hours a day, starting Jan. 1.

The new hours are 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week.

Scott Thompson, spokesman for Harrison parent company CHI Franciscan Health, said the clinic simply wasn’t seeing many patients in the early morning hours and Harrison could no longer justify keeping staff there 24 hours.

Thompson noted CHI Franciscan will be extending its 24-hour virtual urgent care service to Kitsap County beginning Monday. The service allows patients to consult with a doctor from home. Doctors can call in prescriptions and refer patients to emergency departments if necessary.

Patients are charged a flat fee of $35 per consultation. The fee is refunded if they wind up visiting an emergency department.

Thompson said the medical group may be announcing additional after-hours services in Kitsap soon.

This post was updated to correct a time I messed up, and include input from Scott Thompson.

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