Two Remote Area Medical clinics are planned for Southwest Virginia this summer.
The first has been held for more than a decade in Wise County, Va. RAM, a worldwide effort that is spearheaded in Southwest Virginia by The Health Wagon, will be held at the Wise County Fair Grounds July 18-20.
Services to be offered include eye exams and dental work -- which are the most sought-after services each year -- as well as hearing exams and hearing aids, mammograms, bone density screenings lab work and other medical exams, according to a written statement from The Health Wagon, which is based in Wise and provides free health care.
RAM is a free clinic, and last year, several thousand people were able to get health care they otherwise couldn't afford. The services at RAM are offered to underinsured, uninsured, people who are unemployed or who otherwise can't afford to pay for medical care, the statement said.
Registration begins each morning at 6 a.m., and services are provided on a first-come, first-served basis.
The second RAM event is a first-time location in the region, in a community that recently lost its hospital. The event will be held Sept. 13-14 at the Lee County Airport in Jonesville.
Vision, medical and dental services will be offered there, and The Health Wagon is currently looking for volunteers to help with the clinic. Chuches, civic groups, medical providers and others are sought to help give care at the event, as well as monetary donations, the statement said.
To register, apply at www.ramvolunteers.org. To donate, make checks payable to The Health Wagon designated for the Lee County RAM, and send them to The Health Wagon at PO Box 7070 Wise, VA 24293, the statement said.
A volunteer meeting will be held June 27 at 2:30 p.m. at the Lee County Airport. Anyone who wants to volunteer is asked to attend the meeting to find out how they can help.
For questions or more information about either event, call The Health Wagon at 276-328-8850.