There’s good news for Suffolk, Virginia’s uninsured residents. The Bon Secours Care-A-Van is using a grant from The Obici Healthcare Foundation to extend its services from Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Newport News to include downtown Suffolk starting in May.
A mobile health clinic, the Care-A-Van is essentially a doctor on wheels that serves uninsured patients by helping them treat routine illnesses, manage chronic diseases (like diabetes and hypertension), and obtain sports physicals. It can also provide help with getting low-cost prescriptions.
Unlike many free clinics, the Care-A-Van does not require proof of income or appointments to visit. It’s entirely free and funded through Bon Secours as well as through grants and community donations.
The Care-A-Van will make an initial visit to Suffolk Presbyterian Church, 410 N. Broad St., on May 11. Beginning May 25, visits will be every Friday. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. and continues until the clinic is full. A separate location will host Tuesday visits, but that location has yet to be determined.