Free health clinic open in Claiborne County

Otoscope in a doctors Office

Otoscope in a doctors Office

CLAIBORNE COUNTY, Tenn. (WYMT) - Free healthcare is available for people in Bell County and the surrounding areas.

Servolution Ministries opened a non-profit clinic in Claiborne County, Tennessee to serve people in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia.

The old Powell Valley Vocational building is now a doctor's office. Servolution Health Services offers free healthcare.

"We do have a lot of underprivileged people in our area that do not have medical insurance because times are bad and they all need help," said Glenda Duffield, registered nurse who works at the clinic.

All of the staff members are volunteering their time.

They serve patients from Bell County, Claiborne County, and Lee County who do not have insurance and income does not exceed two times the federal poverty level guideline.

Directors say the first families to visit had not seen a doctor in years.

"I think before they left, everyone was crying that day just because we'd been able to meet needs they'd had for so long but unable to get them," said Edwin Robertson, Executive Director.

The clinic is open two days per week and has both medical and dental services.

The goal is to have the clinic open five days per week, so directors say they need more doctors, nurses, and dentists to volunteer their time.

"Of our first 500 calls, four hundred and something were for dental and we're already booked two months ahead so we could book more and more if we had providers to spend a day or two with us," said Robertson.

Directors say the clinic runs entirely on donations. No one is paid to work at the clinic but the donations pay for utilities and equipment.

The clinic is in Speedwell in the old Powell Valley Vocational building.

To make an appointment, you can call 276-445-1067 and leave a message. Someone will then call you back to verify eligibility and schedule an appointment.

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