Apple is opening its own dedicated healthcare clinics for employees called AC Wellness.

The independent medical service is due to open in Spring 2018, according to a new dedicated website.

It is believed the clinics will operate independently from Apple but will offer healthcare services dedicated exclusively to Apple employees.

The smartphone giant follows the likes of Amazon, which recently announced that it was teaming up with JP Morgan Chase and Berkshire Hathaway to launch its own independent health business.

According to the AC Wellness website, the clinics will offer a “concierge-like” healthcare service for Apple employees with, as one might expect, a strong focus on tech.

According to CNBC, to start with the clinics will only serve Apple staff in Santa Clara, California, where its US headquarters are located.

The careers section of the AC Wellness website reveals that the group is hiring for a number of positions, including a general practitioner, an acute care doctor, a nurse practitioner, an exercise coach and phlebotomists – personnel trained to draw blood.

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Also listed on the jobs page are open positions for a nurse coordinator, care navigator, and a health partner, the latter of which will be charged with “[helping] patients improve health and wellness through sustainable behaviour change.”

Apple is in addition seeking developers and designers to set up a preventative healthcare programme, CNBC said.

Sources speaking to the publication claimed Apple plans to use AC Wellness clinics as a testing ground for its burgeoning suite of healthcare products and services.

Apple has made a concerted effort to increase its presence in the consumer healthcare sector in recent months.

In September of last year, the company introduced more advanced monitoring capabilities to the Apple Watch to make it capable of detecting irregular heart rhythms.

It also recently introduced the ability for US customers to view their medical records on iPhones running iOS 11.3 software.