CVS Health opens first MinuteClinic in San Francisco

A new MinuteClinic walk-in medical clinic has opened inside the CVS Pharmacy store at 1900 19th Avenue in San Francisco, California, 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, providing wellness services for patients ages 18 months and older.

"Our new clinic will help increase access to high-quality, affordable health care for people who live and work in San Francisco," MinuteClinic senior vice president and executive director, Sharon Vitti said.

"We're excited to bring our unique care model to people in San Francisco 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 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 include screening and monitoring for diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol, tuberculosis testing, contraceptive care, motion sickness prevention and smoking cessation. In addition, 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.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 on the MinuteClinic website 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.