Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas

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Houston VA Sends Mobile Clinic to Assist Veterans in Texas City

September 17, 2008

HOUSTON – A Department of Veterans Affairs mobile health clinic will leave the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC) in Houston on Wednesday, September 17, 2008 at 6 a.m. and make its way to the Texas City community.

Staffed with health care professionals, the VA mobile health clinic is equipped to evaluate and treat medical problems, administer immunizations, and assist with prescriptions. The mobile clinic will be located in the parking lot of the Texas City VA Outpatient Clinic located at 9300 Emmett F. Lowry Expressway, Suite 206 near the Mainland Mall.

Stocked with supplies and medical equipment, the clinic will be open Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The MEDVAMC in Houston resumed normal operations on Tuesday, September 16, 2008.  The Conroe VA Outpatient Clinic and the Charles Wilson VA Outpatient Clinic in Lufkin have also reopened. The outpatient clinics in Beaumont and Galveston remain closed.

Veterans who need medical advice should call the VA Network Telecare Center Hotline at (713) 794-8985 or toll-free 1-800-639-5137. Registered nurses, pharmacists, and administrative clerks at the VA Network Telecare Center are ready to answer Veteran health care questions 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The VA Network Telecare Center is not for life-threatening emergencies. Veterans with life-threatening emergencies should immediately call 911.

Evacuated Veterans with urgent care needs may contact any VA facility across the country by dialing 1-800-507-4571.  This telephone number may also be used by families and friends requiring information about patients from those VA facilities affected the hurricane. Veterans may call with questions such as where to access health care, how to receive their prescription drugs, or any other concerns they may have about their care.

Visit www.houston.va.gov for updates, emergency preparedness tips, useful Web sites and telephone numbers, safety suggestions for power outages, and more.  

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