Volume 52, Number 17

ten pages

Byrdstown, Tennessee 38549 -- Thursday, April 23, 2015

Pickett County Health Department providing primary care services

Local health departments across the state are expanding services to include primary care in order to provide the best care possible, reduce the unnecessary use of the emergency room and prevent unnecessary hospitalizations.
In the past, patients at the Pickett County Health Department who have needed primary care have been directed to the Fentress and Overton County Health Departments.
Now there will be a nurse practitioner available once a week to provide wellness exams, basic care and treatment for acute illnesses. Other services include management for many chronic diseases such as hypertension and diabetes. “Services will be available to those who have no insurance and are in need of medical care and have nowhere else to go,” stated Director Andy Langford. There will also be a smoking cessation program for those who want to quit smoking. The health department also will offer limited pharmacy services which consist of generic medications, but controlled substances will not be available for managing chronic pain.
Primary Care Medical Services will be offered on a sliding fee scale based on household size and income, however no one will be denied service because of their inability to pay.
The Pickett County Health Department will still continue to offer traditional public health services. If you would like more information on the new Primary Care Services or need to make an appointment, please call 864-3178.
Pictured at left Pickett Executive Stephen Bilbrey, FNP Rebecca Gaskins, Sheila Abbott-R.N., and Director Andy Langford.

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