MinuteClinics in Southern California

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MinuteClinics in Southern California

Providing easy-access care for common ailments

By Elizabeth Hanink, RN, BSN, PHN
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MinuteClinic has formed an alliance with UCLA Health Systems. Under the agreement, UCLA physicians will serve as medical directors and provide oversight, teaching and backup for MinuteClinic sites in the Los Angeles area. MinuteClinics are operated by CVS, the nation’s largest provider of retail clinics. The walk-in clinics are open seven days a week and offer a variety of health services.

Electronic Records

Integrated electronic health records will be implemented in the future to provide communication about each patient’s care. With patient permission, visit summaries will be transmitted to the patient’s primary care provider.  

A Role for Nurse Practitioners
MinuteClinic nurse practitioners specializing in family healthcare can diagnose, treat, and write prescriptions for common illnesses such as strep throat and ear, sinus, bladder or bronchial infections. Treatment is also available for minor wounds, abrasions, skin conditions and joint injuries. Most locations offer routine vaccinations, such as influenza, tetanus, pneumonia, pertussis (whooping cough) and hepatitis A and B.

Quick Physical Exams for Teens
Busy parents will be happy to know that camp, sports and college physicals for adolescents are available daily on a walk-in basis. MinuteClinics also offer wellness services designed to help patients identify lifestyle changes needed to improve their health, including screening and monitoring for diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol.

In Southern California, MinuteClinics are located within selected CVS pharmacy stores in Arcadia, Marina del Rey, Agoura, Burbank, Los Angeles (Wellworth Avenue), Montrose, Pomona, Reseda, Sherman Oaks, Manhattan Beach and Torrance.

This article is from workingnurse.com.

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