VA seeing patients at Wilmington Clinic Thursday
FAYETTEVILLE, NC (Press Release) — VA staff and mobile units are on site at Fayetteville VA Medical Center’s Wilmington Health Care Center for a partial re-opening Thursday of the facility that was forced to close temporarily in advance of Hurricane Florence and has remained closed pending site and safety assessment.
Primary Care, Mental health, Pharmacy, Lab and radiology services will be available in the clinic with mobile medical units being set up in the parking lot at the Health Care Center’s 1705 Gardner Road location for use if needed.
“As is the case around the state, we’re not back to normal yet but this is good news for our patients and our staff,” said James Laterza, Director of the Fayetteville VA and Coastal Healthcare System. “In preparing for Hurricane Florence and in the days immediately afterward, we had to cancel quite a few appointments, so we are excited to get this chance to begin seeing patients again at Wilmington Health Care Center (WHCC) as well as our other sites. We are eager to return to providing Veterans throughout southeastern North Carolina the quality healthcare they earned through their service to our nation.
Clinic officials said there will be no direct access to the clinic through the front entrance but clinic staff and will be available to give instructions and point patients in the right direction. VA Police will also lend a hand directing traffic and instructing patients how to get to their intended destinations as they navigate around the improvised entrances.
In-related news about other Fayetteville VA sites, only the Camp Lejeune IDES (Integrated Disability Evaluation System) and Hadnot Clinic sites remain closed. Those VA staff have temporarily relocated to Fayetteville VA’s Jacksonville Community-based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC).
Patients at all Fayetteville VA clinics are being contacted to reschedule cancelled appointments.