Oct. 10, 2008 at 8:44am
I've had sinus junk going on for about a month and finally felt it was getting bad enough to have checked out. A couple Friday's ago I took off work in the afternoon and, instead of the usual urgent care, tried out a MultiCare Express clinic in the Rite Aid on Pacific and 72nd [ map ]. The program is new and I only knew about it since they're a client at work. Nevertheless, it seemed like it would fit the bill for this seemingly minor ailment.
Toward the back of the store is a small waiting area with a kiosk holding clipboards with the requisite forms. Within 5 or so minutes the nurse practitioner on duty had a patient leave and took me right in. She put everything into their computer then immediately talked to me about how I felt and took a look into the various holes in my head. She then took a listen to my breathing as well as some thump tests around my abdomen.
A prescription for some nasal spray, antibiotics, and only a $15 co-pay later and I was done. I even typed this in the same store while I waited for my prescription.
All in all, I'd easily do this again. To be in and out of any medical office within a half hour is incredible. Granted the wait may also be attributed to the program's newness but if these clinics are spread among more drug stores I imagine wait times could be kept down and probably also offset waits at urgent care facilities. In the meantime I'm a fan and will look to go express instead of urgent whenever the ailment merits.
comments  | posted under doctor, health care, multicare express, sick, tacomaComments
by Erik on 10/10/2008 @ 10:08am
|We want pictures 1111!1|
by dawntown on 10/10/2008 @ 10:27am
|I like the concept!|
by KevinFreitas on 10/10/2008 @ 11:10am
|Had a couple pics but actually may have accidentally deleted them. The waiting area is at the back of the store and comfortable. They have clipboards with papers you need to fill out waiting for you then, from there, they pretty much see you. I know someone else that went yesterday and had zero wait as well. I really this this concept could take off and hope it does.|
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