Smoky Mountain Medical mission begins
Wait times on the opening morning of the Smoky Mountain Medical mission in Bryson City weren’t long, as area residents lined up for free medical care at the Swain County High School Wednesday, but many arrived as early as 6:30 a.m. for the doors to open at 8 a.m.
This is the second time Swain County Health Department has worked to bring the US Department of Defense here for an Innovative Readiness Training. The first time was in June 2014 in partnership with Murphy Medical Center. At that time, more than 8,000 people and 2,600 cats and dogs received medical service for free.
This year, free basic medical, optometry and dental to the area along with veterinary services.
Are being offered in Swain and Clay counties at the local high school Aug. 2-Aug. 10.
The healthcare services are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. People do not need to meet any income or insurance guidelines to receive services. Anyone 2 years or older can receive services. There is a cut-off each day at around 150 people for each of the services.
Those seeking medical services are encouraged to bring a list of current medications they take.
In Swain, the event will be held at Swain County High School at 1415 Fontana Road, Bryson City, for all human services and Swain County Recreation Ball Fields for veterinarian services.
In Clay, the event will be at Hayesville High School, 205 Yellow Jacket Drive, Hayesville, for both human and pet services.
Pet services will include vaccinations and deworming in Swain County Aug. 8-10. In addition, spay and neuter will be available in Clay County Aug. 2-Aug. 6.