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Mobile Clinic in Berlin Brings VA Primary Care to Coös Veterans

Veterans Administration

A mobile clinic for veterans in the North Country has seen a few dozen patients since it opened in late October.  The clinic is set up in the parking lot of the Androscoggin Valley Hospital in Berlin.  A doctor and nurse team there have been able to give out flu shots and other treatments.
VA spokesman Rick Salgueiro says there are about 1,000 veterans in the Berlin area who could possibly avoid a long trip to the VA hospital in White River Junction, Vermont. 
"We wanted to rapidly deploy primary care into the Berlin area based on what veterans are communicating they want," he says. "This is a temporary situation for us."
A permanent solution would be a leased space for a clinic. The VA already has the money for the lease, but it’ll take months to find the right space. 
Veterans can still go to other hospitals for surgeries and other complicated medical procedures. 
The VA estimates the mobile van will be in Berlin for at least a year.

Peter Biello is the host of All Things Considered and Writers on a New England Stage at New Hampshire Public Radio. He has served as a producer/announcer/host of Weekend Edition Saturday at Vermont Public Radio and as a reporter/host of Morning Edition at WHQR in Wilmington, North Carolina.

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