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Clinic use said to be sparse

December 03, 1997

Clinic use said to be sparse

Attendance at Washington County's satellite health clinics has improved but remains sparse.

Washington County Health Officer Robert Parker told the County Commissioners Tuesday that the county health advisory board was looking at ways to cut costs at the wellness clinics while providing services people want.

Parker said he hoped to keep all of the clinics open.

The wellness programs in Clear Spring, Hancock, Keedysville, Noland Village and two immunization clinics had a total of 417 visits through November, up from 299 last year.

But all of the increase came from the weekly clinic in Hancock started in January and the immunization clinics, which also started this year.

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Hancock is by far the busiest clinic with 135 visits. A monthly clinic in Clear Spring had only 47 visits through November, down from 109 for all of last year. Keedysville had 63 visitors to its monthly clinic, down from 96, and Noland Village had 86 at it's monthly clinic, compared to 94.

Parker said some services and staffing have been scaled back.

The clinics provide services such as mammograms, immunizations, cholesterol tests, blood pressure tests and nutrition counseling.

The clinics aren't a replacement for a primary care doctor.

- Steven T. Dennis

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