RAM Virginia (Remote Area Medical) held a free clinic on Saturday, June 24, 2017 and Sunday, June 25, 2017 that served several hundred people.
The clinic started at 6 a.m., but people came much earlier so they would be the first in line when tickets were given out at 3 a.m. Although some people were disappointed that they had to come back on Sunday and start the process all over, hundreds of people waited patiently for services, even attending one or more of the additional classes that were offered such as Narcan or CPR.
Classes and services were spread throughout Greensville County High School, including classrooms and the gym. There were dozens of volunteer nurses, doctors, dentists, optometrists, and other trained health professionals.
All RAM Virginia health services were free to the patients and they appreciated it. “Thank God for this clinic,” said Joann Smith. “I couldn’t have afforded to have dental services and vision care without it. I was also very impressed with the number of the classes and how well run the clinic is when there are so many people here.”
Dr. Tillar, retired Optometrist, donated over 500 children's frames and many people took advantage of the free service and eye glasses.
The most popular service seemed to be Maharanihe dental clinic with 20 stations. Local optometrists Dr. Harold Neal, retired, and Dr. Roger Palmer donated their services along with dozens of other people in the field on density.
Services included dental cleanings, dental fillings, dental extractions, eye exams, eyeglass prescriptions, eyeglass production, glaucoma testing, women’s health exams, medical exams, health resources, and diabetic Retinopathy screening.