Golden Gate Urgent Care – A Handy Resource

GGUC entrance | photos and post by Jenny Stein

Coming into the holiday season, here’s a great resource located just 2 miles away. Cut yourself badly enough to need stitches, or have a child spiking a fever on the weekend when the doctor’s office is closed? Suspect you have a UTI or other infection? Golden Gate Urgent Care (GGUC), in Mill Valley at the Strawberry Shopping Center, may be just what you are looking for. Designed to fill a niche somewhere between seeing a private doctor (who is unavailable) and the emergency room, urgent care facilities get you the care you need within hours. One of 6 GGUC locations around the Bay Area, the Marin County urgent care facility is located at 750 Redwood Hwy, Suite 1204 and open 7 days per week. Good to know: a pediatric doctor is available on the weekend (both Saturday and Sunday).

In July, 2018 Golden Gate Urgent Care became affiliated with UCSF Health, with orthopedic doctors now on site several days a week. Situated at the near end of the Strawberry Village, parking is easy and the check-in desk and waiting area are inviting and cheery. On my few visits the staff made every effort to accommodate my needs, including letting me put my bike inside.

Book online to schedule a same day visit, at a time convenient to you, and avoid the wait. Or walk in and be seen by the first available doctor. Or call to see when the next slot is available. That said, if your problem is severe enough to warrant a visit to the emergency room, then go straight to the emergency room. Flu shots? Those are handled as drop-ins—no appointment necessary.

All told there are 3 different urgent care facilities in Marin. GGUC was just the one I stumbled upon when I discovered I could see my UCSF orthopedist locally and avoid the drive into the city. It is also the closest to the floating homes community. [NB: this is in no way an endorsement for one urgent care facility over another, although, in effect, it is.] Wisdom would have you determine—in advance—which facility or facilities are covered by your health insurance plan. Why wait?

Golden Gate Urgent Care — to book a slot in advance and save the wait —
750 Redwood Hwy, Suite 1204, Mill Valley
(415) 384-4778


Accepts Medicare

Medical Center of Marin Urgent Care
101 Casa Buena Drive, Corte Madera
(415) 886-4952


Is not contracted with Medicare but does offer a 25% off discount to Medicare insurance holders who choose to “opt-out” of Medicare for services rendered at Medical Center of Marin

Sutter Urgent Care – Terra Linda
4000 Civic Center Drive, Suite 206, San Rafael
(415) 492-4800


Accepts Medicare

FOR ALL 3 URGENT CARE FACILITIES check for holiday closures — typically Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years