A CareNow Urgent Care clinic opens Tuesday in Independence.

The clinic is at 17700 E. 39th St. S. – west of Missouri 291 in the building that formerly held Famous Dave's BBQ – and is part of HCA Healthcare.

The clinic is affiliated with HCA Midwest Health, which also includes Centerpoint Medical Center, and is the eighth CareNow Urgent Care in the Kansas City area.

“As health care continues to evolve, consumers are looking for quality, convenient options for care and treatment,” CareNow President Tim Miller said in a news release.

CareNow physicians and other care professionals provide quick, urgent care for non-life-threatening illnesses and injuries like sprains and strains, minor burns, lacerations, sore throats and flu-like symptoms, as well as physicals, vaccinations and general diagnostic and treatment services. The clinics will have X-ray and lab services onsite.

CareNow clinics also provide occupational medicine services to local employers, including examinations and treatment of injured workers in workers compensation cases, pre-employment screenings and drug tests.

A news release said CareNow fills the gap between primary care physicians and hospital emergency rooms, treating medical problems that need immediate attention but don’t require emergency room or hospital care. “An excellent example is the current flu season, which hasn’t yet peaked and is hitting our region hard,” says Mary Devers, M.D., medical director, CareNow, Kansas City. "Patients across the metro have been visiting CareNow urgent care clinics with flu symptoms. An additional CareNow serving Eastern Jackson County will help the influx of patients with flu symptoms get diagnosed in a timely manner.”

CareNow Urgent Care clinics are open seven days a week, and hours extend into the evening. For more information, visit CareNow.com. For quick and convenient online check-in, go to https://wci.carenow.com/#/home/132 .