MinuteClinic, a division of
CVS Caremark Corporation
), recently opened a new walk-in medical clinic inside the
CVS/pharmacy store in Christiansburg at 550 N. Franklin St. This
inaugural initiative in Southwest Va is part of the expansion
drive that MinuteClinic has undertaken.
With the opening of this new clinic, 27 MinuteClinic locations
are now operational in the state of Virginia. The clinics
function all seven days of the week, including weekday
MinuteClinic launched its first retail medical clinic in the
United States in the year 2000 and has ever since been expanding
their retail network to deliver quality medical healthcare
services to people, with greater ease and comfort.
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This immensely popular retail medical chain opened its doors in
Va in 2006, and plans to add five additional MinuteClinic
locations in Southwest Va in Sep and Oct, one each in Hollins,
Lynchburg, Radford, Roanoke and Salem.
MinuteClinic offers a host of other medical services. Their nurse
practitioners are well trained to diagnose, treat, and even write
prescriptions for common family illnesses such as strep throat
and ear, eye, sinus, bladder, and bronchial infections.
Additionally they are also specialised to treat minor wounds,
abrasions and joint sprains and administer common vaccinations
such as influenza, tetanus, pneumonia and Hepatitis A & B.
Walk-in camp, sports, college and DOT physicals are available at
various MinuteClinic locations. The stores have initiated
multiple wellness services such as screenings and monitoring for
diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. The noble
intention behind such activities is to help people identify
current lifestyle changes and readily adopt health improvement
ideas and techniques.
The main aim of MinuteClinic healthcare providers is to meet the
daily healthcare needs of people with an added focus on
convenience and affordability. Thus, prior appointments are not
mandatory. Moreover, both cash and credit payment facility and
health insurance benefits are accepted by the clinics.
Furthermore, treatment prices are posted at each clinic location
and are also made available online for customer convenience. The
cost for most treatments starts at $79.
The USP of MinuteClinic, that differentiates it from others, is
the use of a software program by their expert practitioners, that
generates an educational material, an invoice, and a prescription
(when clinically appropriate) at the end of the patient's visit.
It also serves as a vital diagnostic record that can be sent via
electronic health record, fax or mail to a primary care provider
by the medical store with patient permission, as and when needed.
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