Target to add store-based clinics in Va., Ill. and N.C.
By Jay Keller
Target will have 68 in-store clinics after opening 14 new locations in five states by the end of the year, news outlets report.
The complete store listings where new clinics will be built has not yet been officially released by the discount retail chain but local media reported new clinics opening in North Carolina, Illinois and Virginia.
Set to open in Va. this year are clinic additions at the Super Target in Manassas along with stores in Chantilly and Sterling.
Construction is set to begin on May 28 in Chicago-area stores, with grand openings scheduled for Aug. 18 in Willlowbrook, South Elgin and on Peterson Avenue, according to The Chicago Tribune.
North Carolina will see six new stores in the Charlotte and Raleigh areas and the timeline for the new clinics to open has yet to be announced.
Charlotte clinic locations are set to open at Target stores in Northlake Mall and the Rivergate development as well as at the Super Target store in Concord, reports Charlotte Business Journal.
In the Raleigh area, three Target stores will be adding in-store clinics in Cary, Triangle and North Hills locations.
The main goal of the clinics, according to Target, is to provide convenient and affordable walk-in medical care for families.
Target says in-store clinics offer private exams from a physician’s assistant or nurse practitioner primarily to treat patients for minor illnesses, minor injuries, skin treatments, vaccinations, and tests and screenings.
Other retailers like Walgreens, CVS and Walmart also offer similar walk-in clinics to help patients who suffer from seasonal allergies, prepare kids for camp and sports with annual physicals and to administer seasonal flu shots.
These convenience clinics differ from an urgent care clinic primarily in the area of diagnostics. Urgent care clinics generally have better tools for imaging or advanced blood tests to support a broader scope of practice.
Medical professionals at convenience clinics can diagnose and treat illnesses, minor injuries and skin conditions. Certain conditions some patients experience, like pneumonia or a kidney infection for example, should be seen in an emergency room or urgent care facility.