Target stores in Maryland now house MinuteClinic, the retail medical clinic run by CVS Health.

MinuteClinic has opened eight new locations inside Target stores in Maryland, including six in the Baltimore metropolitan area.

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CVS Health acquired all of Target's 1,672 pharmacies and 79 retail clinics in December 2015 and is in the process of rebranding the locations.

MinuteClinic locations in Maryland are affiliated with MedStar Health and University of Maryland Medical System.

The clinics are located in stores in Annapolis, Baltimore, Bel Air, Cockeysville, Ellicott City, Nottingham, Silver Spring and Towson. There are now 43 MinuteClinic locations in Maryland, including clinics in CVS Pharmacy stores.

The clinics will be staffed by nurse practitioners and physician assistants who specialize in primary care and can diagnose, treat and write prescriptions for common family illnesses.

Among illnesses that can be treated are: strep throat; ear, eye, sinus, bladder and bronchial infections; nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and indigestion.

Acne, rashes and skin conditions; sprains and strains; and minor wounds and abrasions are also treated. Common vaccinations are available at most locations, including for influenza, tetanus, pneumonia and Hepatitis A and B.

Staff can also screen, test and monitor for diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol and tuberculosis.

About 50 percent of MinuteClinic visits occur on evenings, weekends and holidays when patients may not be able to get an appointment with their primary care provider. It is touted as an alternative to more expensive emergency room visits. Many who frequent the clinics don't have a regular primary phyisican.

MinuteClinic locations inside Maryland Target stores include:

Annapolis:  1911 Towne Centre Blvd.

Baltimore:  3559 Boston St.

Bel Air:  580 Marketplace Dr.

Cockeysville:  9901 York Rd.

Ellicott City:  4390 Montgomery Rd.

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Nottingham:  5230 Campbell Blvd.

Silver Spring:  12000 Cherry Hill Rd.

Towson:  1238 Putty Hill Ave.

amcdaniels@baltsun.com

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