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New VA Clinic Opens In Somersworth

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Peter Biello | NHPR
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The Department of Veterans Affairs has opened a new outpatient clinic for veterans in Somersworth, New Hampshire.

This new clinic doubles the space previously available and offers new space for mental health, women’s health, telemedicine, and specialty care. About 2700 veterans in the Seacoast area are now enrolled there.

At a dedication ceremony Friday, interim director of the Manchester VA Kevin Forrest said he'd like to add more specialty services.

"Whether it's intermittently, once a week, help provide that care closer to home and not have folks have to drive to the Manchester VA. So we'll look and see how we do that," he said.

A task force looking at the future of how veterans get healthcare in New Hampshire recommended combining the Somersworth and Portsmouth VA outpatient clinics into one larger clinic. Forrest says that's still a possibility.

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