TACOMA, Wash., April 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Organizers of the large, one-day free clinic that will be held in Tacoma on Saturday, April 30, are urging uninsured Washington residents to register as soon as possible for appointments.
The National Association of Free Clinics (NAFC), in cooperation with the Washington Free Clinic Association (WFCA), is sponsoring the C.A.R.E. (Communities Are Responding Everyday) Clinic at the Tacoma Dome, 2727 East D Street, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 30.
"Most of the slots for patients could be filled within the next few days, so it's important for uninsured people to call now to make sure they can be seen," NAFC Executive Director Nicole Lamoureux said. "Our ability to handle patients without appointments will be limited though we are hoping to be able to see as many patients as possible."
Each patient will see a medical practitioner for an initial examination. Based on that examination, the patient may receive one or more of the following services: electrocardiogram (EKG), cholesterol blood test, glucose test for diabetes, muscular-skeletal exam, urinalysis, hemoglobin test, pregnancy test and strep test. The patient also may receive additional services including vision exams and glasses (on a limited, first-come-first-served basis) and STD and HIV testing, as well as limited adult and child vaccinations. All patients will receive information on local safety-net providers, such as free clinics, and other resources in the area.
"Based on past C.A.R.E. Clinics, we expect to serve more than 1,000 patients on Saturday," NAFC Medical Director Craig Dietz said. "But benefits of the clinic won't end on Saturday. All of the patients will receive information regarding free or low-cost medical resources in their own communities."
Patients are encouraged to call 1-877-233-5159 to make appointments. Additionally, both medical and non-medical volunteers can still register to work at the clinic, particularly in the afternoon shift. Information for both patients and volunteers is available at: www.freeclinics.us.
SOURCE National Association of Free Clinics