D.C.'s only hospital east of the Anacostia is now bringing medical care even closer to people who live in Wards 7 and 8.
Wednesday, United Medical Center unveiled a new Mobile Health Clinic, one of two that will circulate among neighborhoods -- including public housing and senior complexes -- to serve patients close to their homes.
The mobile clinics will also serve southern Prince George's county.
The clinics will offer screenings for high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, HIV, pregnancy and other conditions. They will be staffed with a nurse practitioner and with medical technicians.
No medications will be carried on the mobile clinics, but staff can write prescriptions, and will refer patients to primary care physicians and specialists.
"Residents who live in Ward 7 and Ward 8 have some of the highest rates of diabetes, hypertension, obesity, and other conditions not only in D.C., but the nation," United Medical Center said in a statement. "The health of thousands of residents in our nation's capital is less than desirable."
United said these clinics will be a way to reach people who routinely have health care needs but do not have a doctor.
The first clinic will begin circulating In about two weeks. The second is expected to be added in the latter part of June.