VA hopes to start seeing patients in Wilmington as soon as Wednesday

Wilmington Health Care Center (Photo: WWAY)

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The VA could see patients in Wilmington as soon as Wednesday, but it may not be in the Wilmington VA Health Care Center at Wilmington International Airport.

Jeffrey Melvin, spokesman for the VA Fayetteville Medical Center, says the Wilmington facility sustained some damage from Hurricane Florence, including partial roof damage. Melvin says that led to interior damage including wet walls and flooding, which means some areas of the building are not suitable for seeing patients.

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According to Melvin, the VA is now waiting for the landlord to assess and address issues with the building. He says air quality tests have been submitted. Now they’re waiting on results

In the meantime, Melvin says Mobile Medical Units are on the way to the site and could start seeing patients by mid-day Wednesday.

Melvin says some primary care workers from Wilmington moved to the VA’s clinic in Brunswick County yesterday. He says patients should be getting calls from VA schedulers about their preferences and options.

If you have questions about where to go for care from the VA, call (800) 507-4571. Melvin says you can also get updates on the VA’s website and Facebook page.

He says there is a possibility that the VA could see patients in the Wilmington facility in some format as early as Friday.