More then 500 patients received medical care this weekend at RAM Clinic

Coordinators of the clinic said several patients they saw this weekend traveled from out of state.
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ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) — On Saturday and Sunday at Rockingham County Fairgrounds, more then 500 people received dental, vision and medical services at no cost.

The nonprofit Remote Area Medical is a provider for mobile medical clinics throughout the country and organized the event.

Patients who attended were able to receive dental cleanings, X-rays, eye exams and much more with no insurance.

Kim Faulkinbury, one of the clinic's coordinators, said there's no other experience like this to help others and without their volunteers it would not be possible.

"All of the opticians, optometrists, ophthalmologists that are seeing our vision patients are all volunteers," Faulkinbury, said. "There's probably in the neighborhood of around 500 volunteers on site this weekend to see our patients."

There was even a truck on site that allowed eye care professionals to hand craft lenses for patients. This way, patients like Reginald Washington who said he came to the clinic to benefit his future can receive prescription glasses.

"It's a great deal because I can get my vision checked, my glasses, and then I can study for my CDL," Washington, said. "Then I can take care of my own self and start paying for my own vision bills."

The clinic is on it's way back to it's headquarters in Tennessee to restock on supplies.

The clinic will return to Virginia on May 4 in Chesapeake.

If you would like to donate to the organization click here.