March 04, 2008

British Supermarket Chain Add Doctors to Its Grocery Store Line-up

A leading British supermarket chain launched an in-store doctor's surgery Monday at one of its branches in Manchester, the first such service in the country.

Customers at the Sainsbury's at Heaton Park in the northern English city will receive medical advice from doctors in a consultation room within the supermarket's pharmacy every working day, two nights a week, and Saturdays, a spokeswoman said, as part of a six-month pilot programme.

"We know it's convenient for people," the spokeswoman told AFP. "It's time saving, they'll have it all under one roof."

The doctors will be able to, via their laptops, access their patients' full medical histories, and send them to specialist practitioners should the need arise.

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