FRAMINGHAM – This past June, Framingham’s Public Health Nursing Office and Clinic closed at Fuller Middle School, due to the construction of the new school.
However, it is coming back on August 20 to 113 Concord street and will offer some helpful health-related services to residents.
The new space is 1,270 square-feet and “includes office and workspace, vaccine and medical supply storage area, a reception area, and an exam room for clinic services.”
The clinic is great for uninsured/under-insured children because it provides them with immunizations in order for them to enroll in and attend school. It will also be helpful for adults, as it administers influenza, pneumonia, and shingles vaccines.
The office also works hard to assist with communicable diseases by investigating, reporting, and providing follow up services for them. Also, it “oversees foodborne illness investigation and follow up, surveillance of infectious and non-infectious diseases, the potential initiation of quarantine or isolation orders, and monitors disease trends with state and local partners.”
Sometimes, staff may make daily home visits to those with tuberculosis, prepare a vaccine clinic to help with measles or Hepatitis A exposure, or impart health education.
Clinic hours are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. and 4 – 5 p.m.; Tuesday: 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. and 4 – 6 p.m.; and Friday: 8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 113 Concord Street on August 20 at 1 p.m. to celebrate the opening of the new Public Health Nursing Office and Clinic.
The ceremony is open to the public and all are welcome to attend.
Report by SOURCE intern Chad Douty, a UMass Amherst student.
Pictured is Public Health Nurse Kitty Mahoney