PHARMACY

MinuteClinic debuts in Dallas, Pennsylvania

BY Sandra Levy

MinuteClinic, the retail medical clinic of CVS Health, has opened inside the CVS Pharmacy store at 5 Church St. in Dallas, Pa.

The clinic, open Monday through Friday with no appointment necessary, will provide a wide array of high-quality, affordable wellness services for patients between the ages of 18 months old and older.

“Our new clinic will help increase access to high-quality, affordable health care for people who live and work in the Dallas community,” Minute Clinic senior vice president and executive director Sharon Vitti said. “We’re excited to bring our unique care model to people in the area, and we look forward to being a healthcare resource for residents when and where they need us.”

MinuteClinic is staffed by nurse practitioners who specialize in family health care and can diagnose, treat and write prescriptions for such common illnesses as strep throat and ear, eye, sinus, bladder and bronchial infections. Minor wounds and abrasions, sprains, strains and joint pain are treated, and common vaccinations for such conditions as influenza, tetanus, pneumonia and hepatitis A and B are available.

Prevention and wellness services offered at MinuteClinic include screening and monitoring for diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, tuberculosis testing, contraceptive care, motion sickness prevention, and smoking cessation. MinuteClinic nurse practitioners can evaluate and treat such common skin conditions as acne, dermatitis and rosacea.

Patients receive educational material, a prescription when clinically appropriate and a visit summary. A copy of the diagnostic record can be sent electronically, or by fax or mail, to a primary care provider with patient permission.

Most major health insurance is accepted at MinuteClinic. For patients paying cash or credit, treatment prices are posted at each clinic and online at minuteclinic.com. The cost for most services is between $89 and $129.

Patients who visit MinuteClinic and do not have a primary care provider are given a list of physicians in the community who are accepting new patients.

A new digital tool accessible via minuteclinic.com allows patients to view wait times at all MinuteClinic locations. Patients also can hold a place in line or schedule a future appointment from the convenience of their smartphone, computer or tablet.

The new clinic in Dallas will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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