Allegheny Health Network
Find a
Doctor
Request An Appointment Login to
MyChart
Patient
Center
News Classes &
Events
Contact
Us
Call 412.Doctors

Same-day Appointments

We get it. There are times when taking care of your health falls to the bottom of a long to-do list. Once you finally get around to scheduling an appointment, the last thing you want to do is wait to receive quality care.

That’s why Allegheny Health Network is happy to offer primary care and specialty same-day appointments. If you call 412.DOCTORS (412.362.8677) before 11 a.m. Monday - Friday1, we’ll offer you a same-day appointment with a specialty doctor, primary care physician, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant that day2. If you call after 11 a.m. or over the weekend, we’ll work to find the next available appointment that is convenient for you.

Never having to wait for your health is #LivingProof.

Common Questions about Same-day Appointments

How do I schedule a same-day appointment?

  • Call 412.DOCTORS (412.362.8677).
  • We will ask you for basic information, such as address, phone number, and insurance carrier.
  • Next, we will ask you a series of questions about your symptoms to help find the most appropriate healthcare provider to treat you. In most cases, we’ll be able to schedule the appointment with this information.
  • If you have a complex or chronic medical condition, your call may need to be triaged by a nurse. This ensures that your healthcare provider receives information necessary to give you the best care.
  • Same-day appointments are scheduled on a first come, first served basis.

Which specialties can I schedule for a same-day appointment?

Over 20 specialties Allegheny Health Network offers are available for same-day appointments, including heart care, cancer care, and women’s health, to name a few. Possible exceptions include patients that need to be seen by behavioral health and dermatology, as appointments with these specialties can be limited. In some cases, your call may need to be triaged by a nurse to ensure that your care need is directed appropriately.

Can I schedule a same-day appointment with a Primary Care Physician (PCP)?

Yes, you can. Some primary care physician practices and our urgent care locations also offer walk in hours to accommodate even more time-sensitive needs. Call 412.DOCTORS (412.362.8677) to learn more.

What if I have an urgent illness or injury and need to be seen as soon as possible?

If you have an urgent illness or injury, please proceed to the nearest emergency facility or dial 911.

Are there times when I won’t receive a same-day appointment?

If you call before 11 a.m. Monday-Friday, you will be offered a same-day appointment with a doctor, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant for specialty or primary care. Possible exceptions include patients that need to be seen by behavioral health and dermatology, as appointments with these specialties can be limited. In some cases, your call may need to be triaged by a nurse to ensure that your care need is directed appropriately.

What days and times can I call 412.DOCTORS (412.362.8677)?

The call center at 412.DOCTORS (412.362.8677) is open 7 a.m. – 8 p.m., 7 days a week. Same-day appointments will be offered 7 a.m. – 11 a.m., Monday – Friday. If you call after 11 a.m. or over the weekend, we’ll work to find the next available appointment that is convenient for you.

Can I schedule a same-day appointment for a procedure, routine physical, or with a specific doctor?

When you call 412.DOCTORS (412.362.8677) before 11 a.m., we will offer you a same-day appointment with a doctor, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant. If you are requesting an appointment for a routine physical or check-up or with a specific doctor, including your primary care physician, we may not be able to schedule you for a same-day appointment. Walk-ins are always welcome for x-rays and lab work; no appointment is necessary. We are not accepting same-day appointments for procedures, including MRIs, CTs, mammograms, and surgeries, at this time.

What if I don’t want a same-day appointment?

While we offer same-day appointments as a convenience to our patients, you always have the option to schedule your appointment on a different day, if you prefer.

Do I need a referral from my primary care physician to schedule a same-day appointment for specialty care?

Please review your benefits or call your insurance carrier’s member services team for any specific questions, including whether or not a referral is needed for a specialty care appointment.


1Note for patients in the Erie area: Same-day appointments are available in many primary care and specialty offices. These appointments can be scheduled by calling the individual primary care practice’s office or <814.452.7864> for specialty appointments.
2Possible exceptions include patients that need to be seen by behavioral health and dermatology, as appointments with these specialties can be limited.
*Source: 2017 Survey of Physician Appointment Wait Times and Medicare and Medicaid Acceptance Rates: Merritt Hawkins