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UPDATED: Free dental, vision, medical clinic set for weekend


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The Daily Record was provided incorrect information in a press release from Remote Area Medical (RAM) regarding clinic services being provided in Roswell Oct. 12-13. Due to a lack of volunteer providers in the vision section of the clinic, services previously listed that will not be available are: eye exams, glaucoma testing and eyeglass prescriptions. The RAM mobile vision lab will be on site and can custom-make eyeglasses for patients who bring their eyeglass prescription to the clinic with them.


Remote Area Medical (RAM), a non-profit provider of mobile clinics delivering dental, vision and medical care to underserved and uninsured individuals, is coming to Roswell Oct. 12-13.

Services available at the RAM clinic include dental cleanings, dental fillings, dental extractions, dental x-rays … eyeglasses made on-site, women’s health exams, and general medical exams.

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All RAM services are free and no ID is required, according to a press release issued by the organization.

Operated in collaboration with the New Mexico Mission of Mercy, the RAM clinic in Roswell will be held at Roswell High School at 500 W. Hobbs St. The clinic parking lot is scheduled to open at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12. Ticket distribution typically begins at 3 a.m., and patients will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis in numerical order according to their ticket number, when clinic doors open at 6 a.m., according to the press release.

This process will repeat on Sunday, Oct. 13. In some situations, such as inclement weather, volunteer cancellations, or other circumstances outside of RAM’s control, ticketing may occur earlier than 3 a.m.

RAM encourages everyone who would like services, especially dental services, to arrive as early as possible.

Last year, RAM provided $177,632 worth of free care to 413 people in Roswell, according to the press release. “We are glad to be returning to Roswell to provide care for those in need,” said RAM CEO Jeff Eastman.

RAM is still in need of vision professionals, as well as additional dental providers, to volunteer their time and skills for the Roswell clinic. More general support volunteers are also needed.

For more information about RAM’s mobile clinics or to volunteer, visit www.ramusa.org or call 865-579-1530.

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