NORFOLK- Students at Eastern Virginia Medical School are opening a free clinic inside the Norfolk Health Department. The HOPES clinic will be by appointment only.
Students have seen 450 patients at the school's HOPES clinic in the last two years and there's a six-month waiting list. They get hands-on experience learning about public health while serving people without insurance.
"Our clinic is just like your doctor's office. You can you make an appointment. You have an ongoing record," said Dr. Terri Babinueau, who oversees HOPES clinic.
EVMS waited to publicize for fear of overbooking these doctors in training. Third year student Krishna Aluri says it happened anyway. He can't count the hours he has worked. "Thousands. Who knows."
"This place runs on financial donations and donated hours," she says. Fourth-year student Caitlyn Valentino knows there's a real need for this service.
"Patients can control their diabetes and hypertension with medicine, but you need a script (prescription) to get to that," she stated.
Now there's a free place they can get it. The HOPES clinic will be in the Health Department building on Northampton Blvd. The hours will be Wednesday and Thursday from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.