WOONSOCKET, R.I., Sept. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- MinuteClinic, a division of CVS Caremark Corporation and the largest provider of retail medical clinics in the United States, will open today its first walk-in medical clinic in Hawaii at the Longs Drug store on South King Street in Honolulu near the University of Hawaii, Manoa. It is the first of seven MinuteClinic locations to open inside select Longs Drug stores on Oahu in the next two weeks. Additional clinics will serve patients in Aiea, Hawaii Kai, Kailua, Kaneohe, Kapolei and Waialae.
The walk-in medical clinics are open seven days a week with no appointment necessary.
Hawaii Senate President Donna Mercado Kim, Hawaii House of Representatives Health Committee Chair Della Au Belatti and City and County of Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell will join MinuteClinic and Longs Drug officials at today's grand opening event that includes a traditional maile lei untying and blessing ceremony.Longs Drug stores are owned and operated by CVS/pharmacy. MinuteClinic Chief Medical Officer Nancy Gagliano, M.D. said Hawaii's Longs locations are an important milestone in MinuteClinic's national expansion plan to open 150 clinics nationwide in 2013. "We are thrilled to bring MinuteClinic to Hawaii – our first new state in five years and the first of three new states in 2013," said Gagliano. "We believe MinuteClinic can be part of the solution to help broaden access to high quality, convenient and affordable health care services on Oahu." The clinics are staffed by MinuteClinic nurse practitioners who specialize in family health care and can diagnose, treat and write prescriptions for common family illnesses such as strep throat and ear, eye, sinus, bladder and bronchial infections. Minor wounds, abrasions, skin conditions and joint sprains are treated, and common vaccinations such as influenza, tetanus, pneumonia and hepatitis A & B are available at most locations. Walk-in camp, sports, and college physicals are available daily. In addition, MinuteClinic administers a series of wellness services designed to help consumers identify lifestyle changes needed to improve their current and future health, including screenings and monitoring for diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.