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Mobile Clinic Offers Quick, Affordable Healthcare

Wednesday, September 4, 2013
By Eladio Jaimez

Mobile ClinicThanks to a successful trial run during the summer, the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston’s Mobile Clinic is back at Texas State Technical College through the end of October.

Free medical visits and services are provided to TSTC students, employees and the members of the community who are uninsured.

The mobile clinic, located next to the Learning Resource Center, was stationed at TSTC during May and June. In May the clinic serviced 96 patients. In June, the number went up to 115, according to medical assistant Flor Rodriguez.

The clinic has been on campus since the classes began on Aug. 26 and will remain there for two months.

 “It’s extremely beneficial,” said school nurse Erika Carriaga. “There are a lot of students without healthcare or employees or people in the community that can’t afford their deductibles or copays. They can all come here and take advantage of the mobile clinic.”

Rodriguez said the clinic is funded through UTHSC and Cameron County. TSTC provides water, power and the space to set up the clinic.

Consultations include exams for minor illness or injuries including ear infections, sore throats, cough, colds, pink eye, urinary tract infections, minor skin infections and rashes,

Annual women exams, sports physicals and blood tests for cholesterol, blood sugar and anemia and blood pressure screening are also offered through the mobile clinic.

In addition, Free immunizations are offered for children under the age of 18 (must bring child’s immunization records).

Pregnancy, STD and education with diets for cholesterol, diabetes and anemia are also offered through the clinic.

Patients are also offered prescription medication for a minimal price ranging from $4 to $5.

Rodriguez said the clinic services between 10-15 patients every day.

For more information or to set up a free appointment call, 956-330-5014.

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