BERRIEN COUNTY, GA (WALB) - Students at one south Georgia elementary school don't have to leave to see a doctor.
Berrien elementary opened its school-based health center last August.
The clinic offers acute illness, mental health, and specialty care on site.
It's been such a success, the primary school will open one within the next month.
Doctors can examine children at Berrien Elementary School via videoconferencing, one of the many resources the school-based health center offers. The director says Berrien Elementary is one of only three schools in the state to have a center in place.
"In this economic climate if a parent is working an hourly job and having to leave to go sit in a doctor's office for three or four hours," said Berrien Elementary Med Clinic Director Sherrie Williams. "That's three or four hours out of their pay check."
Some of the doctors students, faculty, and staff see are in Valdosta.
"Some of my faculty members have been given the benefit of having lab work done in med clinic which means in fact that when they're fasting blood work, they don't have to drive to Valdosta and turn around and come back to work," said Tammy Carter with Berrien Primary School.
Berrien Primary school will have a clinic in the next month.
The med clinic is a walk-in clinic for sick children and in addition it has specialty care like dermatology and psychiatry services.
"The images are unsurpassed," said Carter.
You're looking at a healthy eardrum.
"I think it's a wonderful program and I hope we can continue to expand it and ultimately improve healthcare for children," said Dr. Richard Wheeler.
So rather than moms driving their kids to the doctor, students can simply walk down the hall to be seen and even have prescriptions delivered to the school.
The Berrien County Elementary Medical Director says the school is the only one in the state to use telehealth, the videoconferencing you saw in the story. Click here for more information.
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