I would have to agree with the American Academy of Pediatrics stance on not using retail clinics for primary care (www.Nurse.com/Article/Retail-Clinics-Advisory), as this will lead to fragmented care if there is not a formal plan for communicating findings with the child’s primary care provider. Regardless of who staffs the retail clinic, or urgent care clinic for that matter, these care settings are not meant to replace the primary care relationship.
It was for this reason that when I started my private practice (www.MetroMedicalDirect.com), I implemented a telemedicine platform to provide my patients an alternative to retail care and urgent care clinics so that they are afforded every opportunity for a nurse practitioner-led medical home and continuity of care.
Raymond Zakhari, RN, MEd, MS, ANP-BC, FNP-BC
New York City