Silver Strand Urgent Care. Here. When it Hurts.
Our Address

888 Palm Avenue

Imperial Beach, CA 91932

Phone 1.619.349.2347

Opening Hours

Monday – Friday:  10AM – 8PM

Saturday: 10AM  – 6PM

Sundays: Closed


Silver Strand Urgent Care is conveniently located in the Imperial Beach Promenade Shopping Center (9th and Palm Avenue) near CVS. There is plenty of free parking in the shopping center lot.  Parking is also available on 9th Ave. and behind our building on Calla Avenue.

Our Hours

Visit SSUC Monday-Friday from 10 am to 8 pm and Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm. Walk-ins are always welcome. We currently do not accept appointments. We’re here for you. When it hurts.


Due to the increased demand for COVID testing, we are experiencing in-clinic wait times of up to 2 hours. We are unable to offer appointments at this time. Please be aware that all COVID testing is performed outdoors, so please dress accordingly. We appreciate your patience.


Why Choose Silver Strand Urgent Care?

Welcome to our community’s newest urgent care facility. Silver Strand Urgent Care is here to serve all of your sudden, same day, non-emergency medical needs.  Oops, ouches, and ows happen when you least expect them.  We treat acute injuries, on-the-job accidents, common ailments, respiratory illnesses, broken bones, burns, bites, Covid-19 concerns, pediatric problems – all the unexpected urgencies that can happen to any of us.   

Feel Better, Faster.

When you can’t get in to see your primary care physician or pediatrician right away and don’t need the complex care, expense or long wait of an emergency room visit, come to Silver Strand Urgent Care.  We have a laboratory and x-ray suite on the premises. We also provide testing (including Covid-19 testing), physicals, screenings and other well-patient needs.  We serve all members of our community – and your family, from the youngest to the oldest, and everyone in between. Next time someone crashes a skateboard, twists an ankle, spikes a fever, or just feels icky, come on in. We’ll help you feel better, faster.

We Hear You.

We know how valuable your time is and strive to provide the best care, promptly. We respect your time, but we won’t rush you. We take the time to listen to you, to really hear you, and to understand your needs.  Like many in our community, our bilingual care team is fluent in English and Spanish.

Our Patients are Our Priority

It can be stressful to seek can’t wait medical care. Our brand new Urgent Care is designed to make you as comfortable as possible.  We have created a warm and welcoming environment to help you feel at ease while we provide the treatment options that will make you feel better, faster.

Keeping You Safe

Your health and safety are our priority.  We follow all CDC protocols, and we have separate areas for our ill and well patients. During the ongoing pandemic, we have extra cleaning procedures and safety precautions in place to keep everyone well. Due to the pandemic, we ask that only patients come into the waiting area and exam room unless an adult support person is medically necessary. Minor children must also be accompanied by one adult only, please.



There are many reasons people need Urgent Care and we treat just about all of them including common conditions such as:
Flu & Colds

Fever, vomiting, diarrhea, sore throat, cough, bronchitis, strep throat


Broken bones, falls, sprains, strains and on-the- job accidents


Pink eye, ear infections, sinus infections/sinusitis, urinary tract infections

Irritations & Bites

Cuts, burns, bug and animal bites, skin rashes and irritations


Seasonal and reoccurring allergies, asthma, sinus pressure, dry/irritated eyes

Pediatric Care

Childhood illnesses, flu and cold plus common pediatric ailments

We're here for your well-patient needs too!

Routine screenings and tests, pre-employment, sports and annual physicals, TB/HIV and other sexually transmitted disease testing, COVID-19 testing and general wellness check-ups.

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We want to make your health and wellness even easier, especially during the current pandemic. Click the button below to schedule an appointment with one of our health professionals online, from the convenience of your home.



We offer our patients many insurance and payment options

Use your credit or debit card or cash. We also accept most insurances including the following:


Visits to SSUC are billed just the same as a visit to your primary care physician. Most often patients have only a co-pay due on date of service. We bill insurance for patients with PPOs after the visit. Patients are responsible for any remaining balance. Have an HMO? You’ll pay a co- pay or a pre- negotiated rate. If you don't see your insurance provider listed above, give us a call and we can confirm if we accept your provider.



Brian Tyson, M.D. heads our professional healthcare team of highly trained physician assistants, family nurse practitioners, and medical assistants, all credentialed and licensed by the State of California and dedicated to providing our patients with excellent care. Our medical staff also includes x-ray and laboratory technicians. Our care team is bilingual and fluent in both English and Spanish.

Brian Tyson, M.D.

Medical Director

Brian Tyson, M.D. is Silver Strand Urgent Care’s Medical Director. He is a board-certified family practitioner and has more than a decade of emergency medicine experience.  In addition to serving as Medical Director at All Valley Urgent Care in Brawley and El Centro, Dr. Tyson has worked as an Emergency Physician at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center and as a Hospitalist at Desert Regional Medical Center.  Previously, he was Program Medical Director for Cogent Healthcare and Inpatient Program Director at Beaver Medical Group. 


Dr. Tyson holds an M.D. and a Masters in Health Science from the American University of the Caribbean and a B.S. in Emergency Medical Care from Loma Linda University. He is a fellow in the Society of Hospital Medicine.




When should I go to Silver Strand Urgent Care?

Come to SSUC if you have a sudden, non-life threatening medical issue and need same day care. If you can’t get a timely appointment with your primary care physician or pediatrician, come see us. We can help with minor injuries, broken bones, bruises, strains and sprains, common ailments, respiratory illness, colds, flu, stomach distress, sinus pain, bug or animal bites, COVID-19 concerns, pediatric problems, and other can’t wait medical issues that don’t require emergency care. We also provide a wide range of testing, vaccines, screenings, physicals and well-patient care.

When should I call 9-1-1 or go to the ER?

Call 9-1-1 immediately if you’re experiencing a life-threatening medical emergency. If you have severe bleeding, head injury, major trauma or suspect heart attack or stroke call 9-1-1 now! Do not drive yourself.

Go to the nearest hospital’s Emergency Department if you are experiencing chest pain, trouble breathing, weakness/numbness on one side, slurred speech, fainting, head or eye injury, serious burns, concussion/confusion, fever with rash, seizures, severe cuts or facial lacerations that could require sutures, severe flu or cold symptoms, or vaginal bleeding with pregnancy.

Do I need an appointment to be seen at SSUC?

No, we are not accepting appointments at this time. Walk-ins are always welcome.

What are SSUC’s hours of operation?

Our clinical hours are from 10 am to 8 pm, Monday through Friday, and from 10 am to 6pm on Saturdays. We are closed on Sundays and holidays.

What can I expect during my visit?

You’ll be welcomed by our friendly front desk staff, assessed in a private room by a trained medical assistant, and treated by a member of our licensed and credentialed medical staff which includes physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and x-ray and lab technicians. You’ll receive top-level care in a prompt manner and provided with any prescriptions, tests, and follow-up information necessary to get you feeling better, faster.

What should I bring to my visit?

Please bring a government issued ID, your insurance card, co-pay, a list of current medications, vitamins, supplements and any over-the-counter drugs you take, and a list of any allergies you have.

What types of services do you provide?

We treat many common medical conditions including:

Allergic reactions and asthma

Bronchitis and strep throat

Broken bones

Childhood illnesses


Cuts, burns, bug bites and animal bites

Falls, sprains, strains,

Flu and cold symptoms—fever, vomiting, diarrhea, sore throat, cough

Minor injuries

Pediatric problems

Pink eye, ear infections

Sinus pressure and sinus infections/sinusitis

Skin irritations, rashes, infections

UTI infections

We also provide:

Drug screenings

Sports physicals

Testing for Covid-19, tuberculosis, HIV/ sexually transmitted diseases

Wellness checks and annual physicals

Workers comp exams

What ages do you treat?

At SSUC we treat the entire family from babies to senior citizens and everyone in between. We are family and community focused.

Can I get a Covid-19 test?

Yes. We currently offer a rapid Covid-19 test and can provide results in about 30 minutes or less. We also offer PCR tests which are sent to outside labs with expected results in up to 48 hours.

Do you offer physicals and drug tests?

Yes. We offer a full range of well-patient care. We provide workers comp exams, annual, sports and pre-employment physicals, drug tests, screenings, COVID-19 testing and many other health and wellness services.

Who staffs Silver Strand Urgent Care?

You’ll be cared for by highly trained physician assistants, family nurse practitioners, medical assistants and medical doctors, all credentialed and licensed by the State of California. We also have x-ray and laboratory technicians on staff. Our care team is bilingual and fluent in English and Spanish.

Who can I talk to after hours?

We currently do not offer after-hour care in-clinic. You may sign up for a telemedicine appointment if you'd like to be see outside of regular clinic hours. If you need immediate assistance, please contact your nearest Emergency Room or call 9-1-1.

Can I go to SSUC for routine tests?

Yes. We offer all the typical blood tests physicians normally order including pneumonia, tetanus and flu shots.

Does SSUC offer well check-ups and physicals?

Yes. We provide sports and annual physicals, workers comp exams and wellness checks.

Can I get x-rays at SSUC?

Yes. We have a full x-ray suite for your imaging needs.

Does SSUC offer laboratory services?

Yes. We have a laboratory onsite and perform several different types of tests directly in the clinic.

Do you accept insurance?

Yes. We accept most insurances. Please call us with your insurance information if you have questions as the insurance providers we accept changes periodically.

Which payment options do you accept?

We accept cash, credit and debit cards.


“Super nice and friendly staff! So glad I stopped by instead of waiting to take care of my illness later.”

Danielle Hudson

“I had a bad allergic reaction to something and was able to get in right away and was feeling better by the afternoon.”

Philip Cruz

“Staff was so helpful and kind. They took their time to walk me through all my concerns and helped me feel a lot better.”

Meghan Charles



We offer Rapid COVID testing in-clinic. PCR tests are sent to outside labs with results available in up to 48 hours. We are not accepting appointments at this time due to overwhelming demand. 

See our COVID-19 step-by-step checklist below.

Please note that waiting areas are also at limited capacity and require you to wait in your car or outside until notified to enter. For everyone’s health and safety, please have family members and companions wait in the car. At this time, we cannot accommodate anyone other than our patients in SSUC’s waiting area and exam rooms except one adult (18 or older) patient support person, if medically necessary. 

For more information regarding local COVID-19 statistics and guidance, call the San Diego County hotline at 2-1-1.




For symptoms, safety protocols and general COVID-19 guidelines, visit the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.



If you have been exposed to COVID-19 or are presenting with symptoms, visit us in-clinic to get tested. Please be aware that all testing will be conducted outdoors.





Once you arrive, please wear a mask and check-in with one of our staff members.  We will come to you and conduct testing and care outside.





COVID-19 results can be acquired in as little as 30 minutes. From there, our staff will provide care options and schedule follow-ups if needed.