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Drug store clinics help with common ailments

LAWRENCEVILLE

RediClinic employees cut the red ribbon Thursday afternoon, signifying the opening of a new health corner clinic inside the 181 South Clayton St. Walgreens drugstore in Lawrenceville.

The clinic, one of 16 opening inside stores in the metro Atlanta area this month, is a company working with the drugstore to offer treatment for common medical conditions, such as strep throat and upper respiratory infections, as well as health education and preventative services, including physicals and diabetes testing.

Tiffany Richey, nurse practitioner at the Lawrenceville RediClinic, said they have already given 425 flu shots and seen 25 patients seeking treatment over the past two weeks the clinic has been open.

Each clinic has two examination rooms and registered nurse practitioners that see patients without an appointment.

"This is really built around what consumers need," said Web Golinkin, chief executive officer of RediClinic. "It's basic health care at affordable prices."

The clinic's nurses will work in combination with the pharmacy to provide prescription drugs when needed and make referrals to local doctors or hospitals if conditions are untreatable in their clinic.

"We're not trying to replace anybody or others in the health care system," said Golinkin. "We complement them and work together."

Golinkin said prices for all "Get Well Services" are $59 and "Stay Well Services" start at $19. The clinic will also offer $15 flu shots until the end of the year.

"The great thing is that all our prices are posted in our brochure, so you know what you're paying before you're treated," he said.

The health clinic accepts cash, checks, credit cards and insurance plans as forms of payment.

The facility is working with Humana, Aetna and United Health Care to accept insurance plans and co-pays.

The clinic is open seven days a week, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

"Having worked in a emergency room I've seen people sit there four or five hours waiting," said Kelliegh Stricklend, clinic manager, "It's nice to have somewhere to go that's open so you don't have to make a trip to the emergency room."