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Last January, I had a serious sinus infection. So serious that the yummy post nasal drip associated with sinus infections collected around and infected my tonsils. It was extremely disgusting and very painful – I had trouble swallowing and couldn’t even think of eating. I made an appointment with my primary care physician, but I had to wait ten whole days to see her. During that waiting period, I lost 7 lbs. and lived a miserable existence. When I finally saw the doctor, I was given a course of antibiotics and, before too long, I was better. But the waiting was torture. I vowed that I would never, ever again suffer through such discomfort waiting for an appointment. Now, thanks to Walgreens Healthcare Clinics, I don’t have to.
The Walgreens #HealthcareClinic in my Chicago neighborhood came in handy last weekend, when I felt quite a bit of congestion behind my eyes. Because I’m now paranoid about getting another major sinus infection, I didn’t even bother waiting until Monday to try to schedule an appointment with my doctor. I just headed to Walgreens, no appointment needed. I checked in via the handy kiosk, and took a seat in the small waiting room. 20 minutes, later, I was in an exam room with a nurse practitioner, explaining my symptoms. 55 minutes and $60 (my co-pay, plus the prescription) later, I was on my way home, meds in hand. The clinic called me a few days later to check on me. They also forwarded information about my visit to my doctor because she called on Wednesday, just as I started to feel better.
Dropping into the clinic was one of the best things I’ve ever done. While I don’t think the Walgreens Healthcare Clinic will replace my primary physician, I know that, because of the convenience, I will definitely use them when my doctor is too busy to see me, or when I want to get some medical advice.
The Walgreens Healthcare Clinics offer a wide range of services, from physicals to examinations, for patients 18 months and older. Nurse practitioners and physician assistants take your medical history, conduct thorough exams and really take their time to help you understand why you might not feel well. The clinics can also help you find a doctor near you if you don’t have a primary care provider, or recommend you to specialists if you need them. They take most major insurances and, if you’re uninsured, their costs are definitely lower than your local ER.
In a random coincidence, my brother had to take my 3 nephews to the Walgreens Healthcare Clinic near his home to get their school shots. Their pediatrician is on vacation (what kind of ped goes on vacation the week before school starts?) and he couldn’t wait for him to get back. So to Walgreens they went. I think he is now a convert.
Me? I’ve always been a Walgreens fan – seriously, it is not uncommon for me to be in the 24 hour Walgreens near my house at 2AM, buying nonsense – but the addition of the clinics, along with the new produce sections and expanded food options are upping my already high opinion of the chain. I really feel like Walgreens cares about my well-being and that the brand wants to give me as many options as possible to choose health and to stay healthy.
And, for that, my sinuses are grateful.
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