Boots opens nurse-led health clinic in Nottingham
BOOTS has opened a new nurse-led health clinic in its Victoria Centre store, the first of its kind since nurses worked in Boots stores in the 1920s. The clinic is one of two launched as a pilot scheme.
If the trial proves successful, it will be rolled out across bigger stores.
Boots is investing £1 million in the trial.
It said the health clinic would complement existing services, providing high-quality healthcare to the community.
Business Cards From Only £10.95 Delivered www.myprint-247.co.ukView details
Our heavyweight cards have FREE UV silk coating, FREE next day delivery & VAT included. Choose from 1000's of pre-designed templates or upload your own artwork. Orders dispatched within 24hrs.
Terms: Visit our site for more products: Business Cards, Compliment Slips, Letterheads, Leaflets, Postcards, Posters & much more. All items are free next day delivery. www.myprint-247.co.uk
Contact: 01858 468192
Valid until: Friday, May 31 2013
These will include health checks, lifestyle support, travel clinics and sexual health advice.
The other clinic is opening in Milton Keynes.
Initial services include a healthy heart check, mole screening, the cervical cancer vaccine and ear irrigation.
Prices start at £20 for a mole check, £50 for ear irrigation and up to £297 for a full course of cervical cancer vaccine.
Christine McDonald, the first nurse to work in Nottingham's Boots clinic at the Victoria Centre, said: "You will still need to see your GP for some things but we will be able to provide quick access to a range of tests such as healthy heart, travel vaccinations and screening for conditions such as osteoporosis, not all of which are available at most GP surgeries."
The concept of nurse-led services is not new to Boots. From the 1920s, hospital-trained nurses worked in Boots stores, in association with local GPs, and provided healthcare and advice to patients for several decades.
Alex Gourlay, chief executive of the health & beauty division at Alliance Boots, said its research had shown a positive response to the concept of in-store Boots nurses.
"This is a very exciting development, and one that helps lead the way into the future of the UK's healthcare.
"The trusted heritage of Boots UK, together with the professional expertise that these new clinics offer, will ensure the local community have greater access to health care.
"This can improve patient outcomes and critically support the NHS in reducing costs.
"We will continue to work in partnership with the NHS, to deliver and support services as part of our commitment to making high-quality healthcare more available and more accessible."
Mr Gourlay said the aim was to provide affordable services.
Businesses would also use the service for staff members.
He said patients could expect a faster service than the NHS.
The trial will be rolled out once it begins to break even.
The new health clinics come nearly 10 years after Boots' foray into Wellbeing Services and dentistry, which were axed before they could become established.
The dentistry service was sold off and the chiropody service closed down.
Mr Gourlay said the new health services offered were much more broadly focused on areas of prevention.