York County Free Clinic expanding hours, taking walk-in patients

The York County Free Clinic on Oakland Avenue in Rock Hill has expanded hours and is now accepting walk-in patients.
The York County Free Clinic on Oakland Avenue in Rock Hill has expanded hours and is now accepting walk-in patients. dworthington@heraldonline.com

The York County Free Clinic in Rock Hill is now accepting walk-in patients.

The clinic, which serves people who do not have insurance and are not covered by Medicaid, Medicare or veteran’s benefits, is treating walk-in patients on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from noon to 1 p.m. on a first come, first served basis. Previously the clinic was closed for lunch.

The change is part of the clinic’s effort to extend its outreach to the estimated 34,000 uninsured residents of York County.

Kathy Grier, executive director of the clinic, said another reason for the move is that the clinic has the capacity to see more patients. “We need to be more flexible,” Grier said.

To be eligible for clinic services a person must be between the ages of 18 and 64, have no health insurance and have a household income that is no more than 200 percent of the federal poverty index.

Currently the clinic serves about 500 qualified patients. Last year there were 3,000 patient visits. About 48 percent of the patients have diabetes and 60 percent have high blood pressure.

The clinic helps manage chronic health conditions such as diabetes and hypertension, offers primary care and treatment of minor acute illnesses, such as bronchitis, sinus infections and influenza.

Dental, eye care and mammography screenings also are available to qualified patients.

The clinic also provides free medication.

Grier said the clinic, which is located on Oakland Avenue, has the capacity to serve 12 to 15 more patients per month.

To increase awareness of its offerings, the clinic also is planning to hold a series of events throughout York County offering free blood pressure checks and blood sugar level checks. Eligible patients also can enroll for clinic services at these events, Grier said.

The clinic does not receive any federal or state funds. It is entirely donor funded.

Don Worthington: 803-329-4066, @rhherald_donw

Want to know more?

For information on York County Free Clinic go to http://yorkcountyfreeclinic.org or call 803-366-6337.