Ten Things That Set Golden Gate Urgent Care Apart

In 2012, Drs. Connell and Kunzel, husband-and-wife Emergency Medicine physicians, opened the first Golden Gate Urgent Care clinic on the corner of Lombard and Scott.  They wanted to offer affordable, easily-accessible, same-day care for illnesses and injuries. 

Since then, GGUC has continued to expand and excel.  We’re proud of the excellent reputation we’ve gained in the communities we serve.   While there are other urgent care clinics in San Francisco, we wanted to share ten things that set GGUC apart from all the rest!

       1) We have on-site labs.

            In a matter of minutes, we can tell you if you have a urinary tract infection, mono, influenza, strep throat, diabetes or H. Pylori (the bacteria that causes stomach ulcers.

       2) We have on-site pharmacies.

           Each GGUC location has a pharmacy where patients can get their prescription medication dispensed in a matter of minutes.  Our patients love that they can get their medicine immediately, avoid a trip to the pharmacy, and skip long pharmacy lines.  As an added bonus, most of our medications cost just $20! 

        3) We have I.V.’s.

            Unlike many other urgent cares, we offer I.V. fluids, I.V. antibiotics and I.V. pain medication to get you feeling better as soon as possible.

        4) We have on-site digital X-rays.

             Are you concerned you broke your arm or fractured your foot or have pneumonia?  We have on-site digital X-rays, which are read by board-certified radiologists within minutes, giving you the most accurate diagnosis possible.

         5) We have six locations.

              We have four locations in the City, a clinic in Strawberry Village in Mill Valley, and a clinic on Piedmont Avenue in Oakland. So wherever you are in the Bay Area, there’s a close and convenient GGUC option!

         6) We’re open 7 days a week.

              All of our locations are open 7 days a week.  No matter what day of the week you need care, our efficient and compassionate team is here for you.

         7) We see kids.

         If your little one is sick on a weekend, or if your pediatrician’s office is booked, don’t worry!  Our providers are skilled in caring for pediatric patients of all ages.

         8) We do procedures.

          If you have a laceration that needs stitches or an abscess that needs to be lanced, we’ve got you covered!  You can skip the long wait times and large bills that come with ER visits and come see us instead.  We’ll have you fixed up and on your way in no time.

         9) We’re affiliated with UCSF.

           We’ve partnered with UCSF, the #1 Bay Area hospital, to offer the highest quality of medical care possible.  Our providers have access to the most up-to-date medical research so we can provide our patients with exceptional medical care.

        10) We accept insured and cash-paying patients.

            If you have insurance, we’ll bill your insurer directly so you don’t have to deal with the hassle of invoices or extra paperwork.  If you don’t have insurance but need urgent medical attention, no problem!  You can pay out-of-pocket for an office visit that costs a fraction of an ER visit.


We’re proud of the excellent, affordable, accessible care we offer!  If you need same-day care for an illness or an injury, you can schedule an appointment online at www.goldengateurgentcare.com, or simply walk into the location nearest you.

Sarah Thebarge MMSc, PA-C Sarah Thebarge earned her physician assistant degree at Yale School of Medicine, and then studied journalism at Columbia School of Journalism. She has been a physician assistant and a freelance journalist since 2004. In addition to caring for patients at Golden Gate Urgent Care, Sarah frequently volunteers her medical skills in the developing world. Her writing has appeared in Huffington Post, USA Today and National Geographic, and her blog was featured on MSNBC.com. She is the author of the memoir The Invisible Girls and the upcoming book WELL: Healing our Beautiful, Broken World from a Hospital in West Africa. She currently lives in the Mission District of San Francisco.

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