LIVERMORE FALLS – Nobody ever makes plans to get sick or require medical care and that’s why Western Maine Family Health Center (WMFHC) has added Open Access Scheduling and expanded walk-in hours for both current and new patients. WMFHC is the only Practice in the immediate area to now feature this unique brand of scheduling.
As its name implies, Open Access Scheduling helps ensure that you or a family member can be seen the same day you call for an appointment – no more waiting until the next day or unnecessary trips to the emergency room for routine care.
“Open Access Scheduling allows our providers to see new patients almost immediately without affecting the level of care we provide to our current patients” according to WMFHC Practice Manager Ann Barnett. “It is a tried and true scheduling method that has been used effectively around the country for a number of years.”
Local residents who are currently waiting to see a medical provider are perfect examples of those who could benefit most with this scheduling, added Barnett.
“There’s no reason for anyone to wait and be seen for medical care anymore,” said Barnett. “Our providers and staff are excited and ready to meet and serve the needs of the community.”
Expanding walk-in-hours is another way the Practice has decided to better serve their local community. Originally only offered on Mondays and Fridays, walk-in-hours will now be available five days a week, Monday through Friday from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. Those coming in for walk-in-hours are asked to sign in by 8:30 a.m., and visits will be limited to one acute medical issue per person. Acute medical issues include earaches, sore throats, severe coughs, colds, high fever, sudden rashes, etc.
WMFHC also features Saturday hours from 8:00 a.m. to Noon and has 24-hour on-call availability for established patients. The Practice is located at 80 Main Street, Central Plaza in Livermore Falls.
For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please call WMFHC at 897-4345.
WMFHC is a practice of HealthReach Community Health Centers, a system of eleven federally qualified health centers, and two dental centers, in central and western Maine. Dedicated providers deliver first-class healthcare to citizens in over 80 rural communities. To ensure access for everyone, HealthReach accepts Medicare, MaineCare, major insurances and offers an Affordable Care Program based on family size and income to uninsured and underinsured residents. A private, non-profit organization with a 30-year history, HealthReach is funded by patient fees, grants and individual donations.
You can learn more on the web: www.HealthReachCHC.org.