Ariel Esteves is a nurse practitioner for CVS' Minute Clinic.

The healthcare chain has more than 800 clinics in 28 states, and two new ones are coming to Macon and Warner Robins.

Esteves says the centers are open seven days a week, no appointment is necessary, and that they take most major insurances.

"We see cough, cold, flu, rash. We do wellness services, screenings such as sports physicals," she said.

The clinics have nurse practitioners and assistants give vaccinations, minor injury exams and monitor certain diseases like diabetes.

Dr. Timothy Longaker is a family doctor for Quickmed, an urgent care clinic.

He says small clinics can help physicians like him detect diseases earlier.

"They'll be something good for the community," he said, "They can provide a lot of education, preventative education. They may be able to do some health screenings that may be able to help pick up these early signs or symptoms where disease process it, we as physicians can take care of."

Longaker says the growth of small clinics doesn't surprise him.

Growing up in the baby boomer generation, he says he saw more colleges being built to keep up with the growing population.

He says the same thing is happening with healthcare.

Dr. Longaker says patients can also get a more thorough education on preventive disease at a clinic than at a busy doctor's office.

"I'm really excited to work with the minute clinics to help them in anyway and take any referrals that they need," Longaker said.

"We give access to everyone, patients that are on the go, our senior citizens, college students, all patient," said Esteves.

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