YORKTOWN — Medical doctors throughout the state are volunteering time via Lackey Digital Pressing Care — a program launched by the Yorktown-based Lackey Clinic — to supply free medical care to these in want in Virginia.
“Our program is designed to supply simpler entry for individuals with fast wants who do not need a main care doctor,” Larry Trumbore, CEO of Lackey Clinic, a free and charitable healthcare middle serving the uninsured, mentioned in a press launch.
Anybody within the state of Virginia can ebook a digital video appointment on-line with one of many medical doctors for an pressing however non-life-threatening situation, in line with the clinic.
“It’s so gratifying to assist sufferers that basically want the assistance,” mentioned Dr. Ralph Robertson, who volunteers from his dwelling in Kilmarnock. “Many, once they come to us are feeling determined as a result of they’re in ache and afraid as a result of they will’t think about how they may discover or afford the care they want.“
Though the clinic is bodily situated in Yorktown, know-how has allowed it to increase its impression statewide.
“The workforce at Lackey Clinic has arrange a seamless telehealth platform and pressing care course of that sufferers have regularly mentioned is straightforward to grasp and use,” mentioned Dr. Sadhana Rajamoorthi, who volunteers from her dwelling in Vienna. “I volunteer on Wednesday mornings, and I’ll say it’s considered one of my most anticipated occasions of the week. I take pleasure in having ample time to talk with sufferers and actually perceive their well being from a holistic perspective.”
The medical doctors additionally profit, having fun with the versatile schedule volunteering in this system supplies.
“I selected to depart my paid doctor job to remain at dwelling with my youngsters whereas they’re each so younger,” mentioned Virginia-licensed Dr. Margaret Lynch, who volunteers from her dwelling in Washington, D.C. “I knew I needed to discover a strategy to stay concerned in scientific drugs.
“The Lackey workforce has been unimaginable to work with, the sufferers are so appreciative, and I really really feel like I’ve made a small distinction on the finish of every volunteer shift,” she added.
As soon as a affected person has been seen, medical doctors refer them to the closest clinic in Virginia’s community to allow them to observe as much as obtain common main care. Lackey Clinic is considered one of 60 free and charitable clinics throughout the state who’re members of the Virginia Affiliation of Free and Charitable Clinics (VAFCC), which works to strengthen and promote a sturdy, high-quality, free and charitable clinic system.
“Each particular person deserves entry to fundamental healthcare providers, and Virginia’s community of free and charitable clinics are there to supply accessible and inclusive providers to people who fall via the gaps of the healthcare system,” mentioned Rufus Phillips, CEO of the VAFCC. “The clinics function a security internet to these in want by offering sufferers with a medical dwelling and a pathway to raised well being no matter their capability to pay.”
“It’s gratifying to know that the Lackey Digital Pressing Care mannequin isn’t a stand-alone telehealth one,” added Dr. Lynch, “and that as an alternative, we because the suppliers can usually function a bridge again to wanted in-person medical therapy for these sufferers.”
To ebook a Lackey Digital Pressing Care appointment, go to lackeyclinic.org/pressing. For extra details about volunteering, go to lackeyclinic.org/volunteer. For extra data on the VAFCC, go to vafreeclinics.org.