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Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas

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VA Mobile Health Clinic Opens in Beaumont

September 19, 2008

BEAUMONT, TX – A Department of Veterans Affairs mobile health clinic and pharmacy will open in the parking lot of the Beaumont VA Outpatient Clinic, located at 3420 Veterans Circle, on Saturday, September 20, 2008. It will operate from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. until further notice.

Thirty-three health care professionals, as well as a wide range of support teams, from VA health care facilities across the South Central United States are on the ground to provide health care to veterans affected by Hurricane Ike.  The mobile health clinic and pharmacy will be able to evaluate and treat medical problems, administer immunizations, and assist with prescriptions.

The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston and the VA outpatient clinics in Conroe, Lufkin, and Texas City have resumed normal operations. The outpatient clinic in Galveston remains 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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