Free dental, medical, vision clinic to be held in north Baton Rouge

Free dental, medical, vision clinic to be held in north Baton Rouge
Published: Oct. 31, 2017 at 12:12 AM CDT|Updated: Jan. 19, 2018 at 1:19 PM CST
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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A free, three-day dental, medical, and vision clinic will be held in north Baton Rouge this weekend.

The clinic will be held on January 19, 20, and 21, at the Mosquito Control's new facility, located at 10550 Veterans Memorial Boulevard near the Baton Rouge Airport. The clinic will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.

If you plan to attend the free clinic, do NOT park in the lot of the Mosquito Control Center. Park in the lot across the street. There are designated lines set up in all the spots. You can see the flags marking the line.

Medical professionals will be available to help with health needs such as eye exams, getting eyeglass prescriptions filled, cavity fillings, cleanings, extractions, as well as blood pressure and diabetes screenings. Resources for massage therapy, chiropractic care, lifestyle counseling, and other community resources will be available.

"For the next three days we are here in Baton Rouge to serve the community," said Liz Thomsen, the Community Outreach Coordinator and Clinic Director Northwest. "If you need an extraction, a filling, a cleaning, if you need a pair of eyeglasses, if you need to see a doctor, we are here and we want to serve you. You don't need any documentation, ID, you don't need any insurance. Just come down here and we will serve you."

Clinic director, District 6 Councilwoman Donna Collins-Lewis, is looking for the general public and medical professionals to volunteer their time and services at the event. All services will be free of charge. Patients will be cared for on a first come, first serve basis.

"Some people will come in hurting this morning, we know, [people who] have dental needs," said Councilwoman Collins-Lewis. "We even got Facebook posts and texts last night telling us they had two bad wisdom teeth, that they got to get them out. I don't have the money or the resources. We've been having people call us ever since we had our Facebook page up. We had people calling my office, Google voicemail. We just keep telling people to come. We're going to get you served."

Medical professionals have flown in from all over the country to donate their time and talent for the next three days to help. Nearly 1,500 local volunteers have signed up to help too.

"It takes a village and the village is here," said Councilwoman Collins-Lewis.

The clinic could use more volunteers. Individuals interested in helping are asked to show up at the event and check-in with clinic coordinators.

"The three-day clinic will provide much needed services to the Baton Rouge community," said Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome.

Broome is urging businesses and the community to come together to support this free clinic.

Anyone interested in volunteering can do so online here.

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