An effort touting affordable health care to those who need it began Monday when Medical College of Georgia opened The Clinic at Walmart inside the store at 4469 Washington Road.
Operated by the MCG Nursing Faculty Clinics, it is open from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon until 5 p.m. Sunday.
The clinic staff will provide care for common health ailments treatable without urgent or emergency care for anyone 18 months and older, including sore throats; sinus, upper respiratory and urinary tract infections; earaches; seasonal allergies; colds; acute bronchitis; cold sores; the flu; nausea; and strep throat.
Dr. Lucy Marion, dean of the MCG School of Nursing, said the "convenience care clinic" is needed for people suffering from nonurgent conditions, especially after hours and on weekends, when primary care physicians are not available.
"We see that in our ER," Dr. Marion said. "There's a huge demand for (immediate treatment) for minor problems."
Nurse practitioners and MCG faculty will staff the clinic, which also will provide valuable clinical experience for MCG nursing students, Dr. Marion said.
Visits for most common ailments cost $55.
Others services, up to $80, include suture, ear wax and wart removal; basic and sports physicals; TB, pregnancy, diabetes and drug screenings; and seasonal flu, tetanus and pneumonia vaccinations.
Dr. Marion said the clinic already is working with a few health insurance companies and officials are negotiating with others.
"We have so many visions about all we can do here," Dr. Marion said. "The sky is the limit. Right now, we're just getting our feet on the ground."
Reach Valerie Rowell at (706) 868-1222, ext. 110 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE CLINIC AT WALMART
WHAT: Clinic for common ailments for anyone 18 months or older
WHERE: Inside Walmart at 4469 Washington Road in Evans
HOURS: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday
COST: $55 (for common ailments) up to $80