Kroger pharmacies offering strep, flu testing in 2 states
Kroger Health pharmacies in Idaho and Michigan are expanding the clinical services that they offer to patients. They now are providing rapid strep throat and flu testing, which is carried out by pharmacists on a walk-in basis.
Patients can stop by the pharmacy and have the pharmacist evaluate their symptoms, then perform either a nasal or throat swab for a rapid diagnostic test. If necessary, pharmacists also can prescribe and supply the necessary treatment during the same visit.
“We’ve worked very hard over the past few years to simplify healthcare, and make it more accessible to people,” said Colleen Lindholz, president of Kroger Health. “We know that people need more affordable and convenient ways to ensure their families stay healthy, and this program in Michigan and Idaho is a new way we can help. Whenever we can help people live healthier lives, we’re going to go above and beyond to make that happen.”
Currently, 104 locations in Michigan and 15 in Idaho are joining Little Clinics to provide the services. Kroger Health trained roughly 250 of its pharmacists in order to allow them to conduct testing and prescribe medication if necessary.
“Our pharmacists practice at the top of their licenses,” said Jim Kirby, senior director of Kroger Health services. “That enables them to provide a host of services that most people wouldn’t expect - but would definitely appreciate - from a community pharmacy. Customers, who may or may not have a primary care physician, can stop by our pharmacy for testing and consultations while they are doing their grocery shopping. That bit of ease goes a long way when you aren’t feeling well.”