Tennessee-based healthcare provider HCA Healthcare has entered an agreement to buy 41 urgent care centres in Texas, US, from FastMed.

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Following the completion of the deal, HCA Healthcare will significantly expand its urgent care operations, which presently consist of 268 clinics.

The deal covers 19 FastMed and 22 MedPost urgent care centres in Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, Houston, and El Paso.

However, it does not include FastMed’s urgent care locations outside of Texas.

HCA Healthcare’s American Group president Erol Akdamar said: “The addition of these urgent care centres will improve access to care for patients in the Texas communities we serve.

“It will provide convenient outpatient care options when and where they need it. It also will help seamlessly connect these patients to our broader healthcare network when a higher level of care or speciality service is needed.”

HCA Healthcare has 45 hospitals, 395 physician practices, 92 urgent care centres, and several other sites of care.

It has invested approximately $6.6bn over the last six years to expand healthcare services to meet the community requirements in the state.

The deal is expected to close later this year.