Same Day Appointment Specialist

At most medical care providers today, a same day appointment is an extreme rarity or an impossibility. Dr. John A. Berger at Hillcrest Family Medical Clinic in San Diego, California is different. Dr. Berger believes that when a patient is sick, they deserve to be seen by an experienced and caring physician right away -- and that's exactly what he does. Patients who need help with nearly any type of non-life threatening emergency can get help at Hillcrest Family Medical Clinic, on the very same day that they need it. Call or book your appointment online.

Same Day Appointment Q & A

by John A Berger, M.D.

What conditions warrant a same day appointment?

Dr. Berger believes that when his patients are ill, they deserve to see their doctor promptly for care. For that reason, he goes out of his way to accommodate patients with same day appointments when needed. A number of different illnesses or issues may require a same day appointment, including:

  • Flu
  • Fever
  • Sudden rash
  • Sudden swelling
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Headache
  • Bronchitis
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach pain
  • Constipation

If you're feeling ill and you're not quite sure what's wrong, simply contact Hillcrest Family Medical Clinic. Dr. Berger and his team will work to accommodate you for a same day appointment so you can get the diagnosis and the treatment that you need to feel better.

What are the regular office hours at Hillcrest Family Medical Clinic?

The Hillcrest Family Medical Clinic office hours are as follows.

  • Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday: 8am-4pm
  • Thursday and Friday: 7:30am-12pm
  • Saturday: call for an appointment

The office closes for lunch from 12:30-1:30pm each day. Contact the office during any regular office hours to arrange a same day appointment. The earlier you can contact us, the sooner the Hillcrest Family Medical Clinic team can arrange for you to see Dr. Berger.

How long will it take to feel better?

This varies according to your specific illness, your overall health, the strength of your immune system, and many other individual factors. In most cases, conditions such as infections can be resolved quite quickly. For example, if you have a UTI, Dr. Berger may prescribe a course of antibiotics. You'll usually start to feel like yourself again and be out of pain within just a few days. However, even when you start to feel better, it's important that you finish the whole course of medication to fully eliminate the problem.

If you're suffering from a problem like respiratory illness, it may take a few days before you feel better. Rest is an important component of recovering from many illnesses. When Dr. Berger advises you to get plenty of rest and drink your fluids, take his advice to heart. When you combine rest and prescribed medications, healing is much easier and faster.


We Accept Most Major Insurance, please confirm with the office prior to your visit.

Anthem Blue Cross
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Cross Blue Shield Federal Employee Program
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida (Florida Blue)
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York
Blue Shield of California
Blue Shield of Northeastern New York
Capital Blue Cross
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
CBA Blue

Words from our patients

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    "I have been going to Dr. Berger's office, since I was a young child. He is an excellent doctor. He will work to the best of his ability to get you well."

    Tanisha H.
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    "A very caring doctor who enjoys speaking about life in general. He referred me to a specialist and kept in touch before and after my surgery."

    David R.
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    "I have had this doctor for many years. He was always kind and took care of me with quick appointments and referrals when needed. Love him and his staff."

    Kathy V.
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    "He's everything you hope a doctor will be: personable, knowledgeable, caring, sensitive, upbeat, competent, and experienced. I would recommend him to anybody!"

    Juliet S.
Hillcrest Family Medical Clinic
205 Walnut Ave.
San Diego, CA 92103
Phone: 619-295-2147
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