TUCKERMAN, AR (KAIT) - Tuckerman residents can now receive a higher level of health care.
The only medical clinic in the city opened its doors Monday. The clinic is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and has three exam rooms and a lab to accommodate patients.
"Just from what the community's been saying, I expect we'll be pretty busy," nurse practitioner Colleen Blanchard said.
Blanchard can see patients at Tuckerman Medical Clinic for basically anything: physicals, sick calls, urgent care and more.
"We can do a lot of those things that they would usually have to drive out for," Blanchard said.
Before the Tuckerman Medical Clinic opened, residents would have to drive to Swifton, Newport, even Jonesboro to see a doctor. Tuckerman Mayor Larry Bowen said he did not want his residents driving that far for health care.
"I just felt for the elderly people here that we needed a facility here in Tuckerman," Bowen said.
So when White River Medical Center approached him several months ago with the idea, they made the clinic happen.
"I'm tickled to death," Bowen said. "It's right here handy so it's very much appreciated and we're very, very happy that they're here."
The convenient location means residents will spend less money on gas and also possibly take better care of their health.
"If it's just something like changing the medication dose or managing blood pressure, something relatively simple, they can just run in, get it checked, change the dose of medicine if need be," Blanchard said.
Tuckerman residents can now stay inside the city for health care, but they still have to drive to outside the city to fill their prescriptions. However, the clinic is working on bringing that to its patients, too.
"We've talked about maybe having a delivery service from a pharmacy to deliver their prescriptions here," Bowen said.
The clinic should have flu shots in this week.
Blanchard and her employees are holding an open house Oct. 30 from 5 to 6 p.m. The entire community is welcome.