A boring layover can be a pain but getting sick at an airport terminal can be even worse.
With cases like allergic reactions, dehydration or even heart attacks affecting travellers, having medical clinics at the airport might seem like a no-brainer.
Various walk-in medical clinics can be found in some major airports in North America. If you need some medical care on the fly you may be able to find Emergency Physicians, Occupational Medicine Physicians, Nurse Practitioners and Radiology Technicians during your next layover.
Besides medical care, some offer travel first-aid kits and can bring you up to date on required immunizations that you may have overlooked when planning your trip.
Passengers too ill to continue their trip can often get a note from the clinic to present to their airline so they can stay on the ground. Some offer pharmacy services if you forgot to fill a prescription in your dash to the airport too!
Here is a handy list of airport medical clinics in North America:
1. PrimeCARE Health at YYC
Same Day Walk-in Appointments services include:
- Complete Family Care
- Physical Therapy
- Massage Therapy
- Health/Fitness Assessments
- Chronic Disease Management
- Seniors/Elder Care
- Travel Clinics
Location: Pre-Security, Departures
Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Phone: 587- 317- 9444
2. McCarran Medical Clinic & Pharmacy
Providing services to airport travellers and employees including vaccinations, screening tests, and basic medical care to treat a variety of common symptoms. Now accepting most major insurances.
Location: Terminal 1, A/B Gates next to the Wells Fargo bank
Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday, 9a.m. – 6p.m. Wednesday, 9a.m. – 4p.m. Saturday, 9a.m. – 2p.m.
The SFO Medical Clinic provides travel medicine, urgent care, immigration physicals and occupational health services.
Location: International Terminal Main Hall, on the Boarding Area A side. Departures/Ticketing Level, Pre-security
Hours: Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
4. O’Hare Urgent Care Clinic University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System
Passengers in need of urgent medical care while at O’Hare International Airport can visit the O’Hare Urgent Care Clinic. The clinic is affiliated with the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Science System. No appointment is necessary, and most insurance is accepted.
Location: Terminal 2 on the ticketing level, past the security checkpoint
Phone: 773-894- 5100
The Vancouver airport medical clinic offers primary, family and specialized care for passengers and the airport community. Their doctors and health professionals offer travel medicine, physiotherapy, podiatry, acute injury management and specialized aviation and corporate health services. It’s also conveniently located next to a full-service pharmacy.
Location: Domestic, before security, Level 1
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8a.m. – 6p.m.