By Mary Wade Burnside
Times West Virginian
The Marion County Health Department has expanded services offered so people who do not have health insurance or a family physician can be seen for certain ailments or for a physical.
“What we’re doing is extending our Monday evening hours to things like if people have colds or an ear infection or a sore throat, we can see them,” said Donna Riffle, director of nursing. “Employee physicals, sports physicals, those are the things we are trying to do.”
Blood pressure checks also would be available, Riffle said.
The services are available from 4-6:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month, starting today. Diana Boyle, a certified family nurse practitioner who already does the breast and cervical exams for the West Virginia Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program, will see patients at these visits, Riffle said.
“These people, if they have health insurance or a private doctor, we’re not trying to take those patients,” Riffle said. “We’ve been getting calls from people who say, ‘I have a cold and I don’t have any money,’ or, ‘Do you do sports physicals?’”
A $20 fee will be assessed per visit, Riffle said.
Monday already is the day that the Marion County Health Department holds its free birth control clinic, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., by appointment only. Other services at the health department include the family planning supply clinic from 1-3 p.m. Tuesdays, also by appointment only; the immunization/flu vaccination clinic and tuberculosis skin tests, usually held from 1-3 p.m. Wednesdays but expanded this week from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and tuberculosis skin test readings and sexually transmitted disease testing, from 1-3 p.m. Fridays, with the STD clinic by appointment only.