WOONSOCKET, R.I. — A new MinuteClinic walk-in medical clinic has opened inside the CVS Pharmacy store in San Francisco, Calif., providing the community with convenient access to common health care services. The clinic is the first MinuteClinic location in the city of San Francisco and will be open seven days a week with no appointment necessary. It will provide a wide array of high-quality, affordable wellness services for patients ages 18 months and older. MinuteClinic is the retail medical clinic of CVS Health, the largest pharmacy health care provider in the United States.
“Our new clinic will help increase access to high-quality, affordable health care for people who live and work in San Francisco,” said Sharon Vitti, senior vice president and executive director, MinuteClinic. “We’re excited to bring our unique care model to people in San Francisco and we look forward to being a health care 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 common illnesses such as strep throat and ear, eye, sinus, bladder and bronchial infections. Minor wounds and abrasions, and sprains, strains and joint pain are treated, and common vaccinations for conditions such 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 (TB) testing, contraceptive care, motion sickness prevention and smoking cessation. In addition, MinuteClinic nurse practitioners can evaluate and treat common skin conditions, such as acne, dermatitis and rosacea.
At the conclusion of each MinuteClinic visit, 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 www.minuteclinic.com. The cost for most services is between $89 and $129.
Individuals 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 www.minuteclinic.com allows patients to view wait times at all MinuteClinic locations. Patients can also hold a place in line or schedule a future appointment from the convenience of their smartphone, computer or tablet.
The new clinic in San Francisco will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. seven days a week.