ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) – The Distant Space Medical (RAM) clinic visited Rockingham County over the weekend to supply free well being care to the group.
That is the second time the clinic has come the Rockingham County Fairgrounds. The final time was in 2019, because the clinic tries to return each different 12 months.
RAM relies out of Rockford, Tennessee and works with native communities and volunteers to prepare free clinics.
The clinic offered free medical, dental, and imaginative and prescient care together with COVID-19 vaccines.
268 people had been seen on Saturday and extra once more on Sunday.
This 12 months, the clinic setup appeared totally different with the continued COVID-19 pandemic security tips.
“An enormous change is that the dental providers are being all offered in their very own particular person hepa-filtered, sanitized tents. The place as earlier than we had form of open-air rows of chairs,” Neighborhood Host Group Lead, Laura Trull, mentioned.
These concerned with the clinic mentioned accessible well being care is extra essential now than ever.
“It’s so essential that folks have entry to well being care. There may be simply as a lot if no more demand now. One of many issues that has been a small silver lining concerning the pandemic is the way it has actually dropped at gentle inequality in well being care, or entry to well being care, particularly,” Trull mentioned.
The care suppliers had been completely made up of volunteers.
“It’s superb to return right into a group, to see so most of the locals quit their time and their expertise and are available out to assist out their neighbors. All through this pandemic plenty of us have been tried. We’ve wanted to depend upon one another greater than ever, and right here in Harrisonburg the volunteers have been great,” RAM Senior Clinic Coordinator, Poppy Inexperienced, mentioned.
Nursing pupil at James Madison College, Shannon Sullivan, signed up final October to volunteer with RAM.
She mentioned she was grateful to be part of the method.
“We will’t see the grins on their faces, however you may simply inform that they’re so glad and so they’re so grateful. Everybody you work together with says thanks and you may simply inform it’s so real,” Sullivan mentioned.
Rebecca Wooden was volunteering for the RAM imaginative and prescient truck on Saturday.
She had identified one thing was flawed together with her imaginative and prescient for awhile, however didn’t have imaginative and prescient insurance coverage and put it on the backburner.
On Sunday, she was in a position to get her eyes checked.
“It was very emotional as a result of I used to be very nervous that it was one thing that wasn’t fixable at this level that possibly it was vascular or another trigger. And seems, it is rather fixable, the difficulty I’ve, and I will see very shortly,” Wooden mentioned.
Wooden was in a position to take some lenses house, and mentioned that she is hoping to go to legislation faculty quickly and the glasses will assist her research.
“I can’t even specific how essential this clinic is to everyone,” Wooden mentioned.
The RAM clinic plans to carry extra clinics within the Commonwealth later this 12 months.
For extra data on the RAM clinic, you may go to their web site.
Additionally, a brand new free clinic is opening in Harrisonburg on Monday April twelfth.
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