WOONSOCKET, R.I., June 2, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --Parents of children heading to camp, sports practice or college this summer can turn to the walk-in MinuteClinic medical centers inside select CVS/pharmacy stores for quick and easy physicals available seven days a week.
With camp season, team practices and summer sports leagues just weeks away, administrators will soon be asking for completed physical examination forms before a child or teen is cleared to participate, and that's where MinuteClinic can help with no appointment necessary and its clinics open daily, including nights and weekends.
For the campers, athletes and college-bound students seeking physicals, family nurse practitioners or physician assistants at MinuteClinic will measure height and weight, review health and immunization history, perform a simple exam to determine if a youth is fit to participate, help with any required paperwork and provide safety and education tips.
"Parents are busy getting their children ready for summer activities, so we're here to help make their lives a bit easier," said Andrew Sussman, M.D., President, MinuteClinic and Senior Vice President/Associate Chief Medical Officer, CVS Caremark. "We can provide the physicals, help with the paperwork and get children on their way so they can enjoy a healthy and safe summer."
Exams are offered at a special $35 rate through Sept. 19, 2010. Additional charges may apply for more thorough exam requirements such as urinalysis. Insurance is not accepted for physical exams. Requirements for physicals vary by state and services are not available in Massachusetts.
Practitioners stamp any school or camp forms and reference the results provided on the official MinuteClinic patient summary. Copies of the summary can be faxed or mailed to primary care providers with patient permission. Typically this occurs within 24 hours.
More information and a list of MinuteClinic locations, go to www.minuteclinic.com.
In addition to offering camp, sports and college physicals, MinuteClinic also provides services to treat summertime ailments, including seasonal allergies, minor sunburn, swimmer's ear, poison ivy and deer tick bites, along with common family illnesses such as strep throat, pink eye and sinus infections. Minor wounds, abrasions and joint sprains are also treated, and common vaccinations such as influenza, tetanus, pneumovax, and Hepatitis A & B and meningitis are available at most locations.
MinuteClinic is a division of CVS Caremark Corporation (NYSE: CVS), the largest pharmacy health care provider in the United States. MinuteClinic launched the first retail health care centers in the United States in 2000 and is the first provider to establish a national presence, with approximately 500 locations in 25 states and the District of Columbia. By creating a health care delivery model that responds to patient needs, MinuteClinic makes access to high-quality medical treatment easier for more Americans. Nationally, the company has generated more than seven million patient visits, with a 95% customer satisfaction rating. MinuteClinic consistently brings innovation to the marketplace and sets new standards for clinical quality that exceed the national guidelines established for store-based clinics. MinuteClinic is the first retail health care provider to receive accreditation (2006) and reaccreditation (2009) from The Joint Commission, the national evaluation and certifying agency for nearly 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. For more information, visit www.MinuteClinic.com.