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Free medical services at the Augusta Expo this weekend

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A Remote Area Medical, or RAM, clinic will provide free healthcare services in Fishersville this weekend. WMRA's Randi B. Hagi reports.

The nonprofit RAM hosts pop-up clinics all over the country. This Saturday and Sunday, it returns to the Valley at the Augusta Expo event center in Fishersville. Michael Mayes is the clinic coordinator.

MICHAEL MAYES: We're going to be offering dental, medical, and vision services. Dental services are going to include cleanings, extractions, fillings. The vision services are going to include a full eye exam, all the way to getting a new pair of glasses on the same day, and then medical services are general medical including women's health services.

Services are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The parking lot opens at midnight on Friday night, and the clinic will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and 6 a.m. to noon on Sunday.

MAYES: When you pull into the parking lot, somebody will greet you, and you'll make a decision on whether you're going to see vision or dental for the day, and medical's open to everybody. … But if you get dental on Saturday, you can come back on Sunday … and get vision on that day.

They're partnering with a RAM chapter at the University of Virginia to put on the clinic. To learn more about their services and ways to contribute, visit ramUSA.org.

Randi B. Hagi first joined the WMRA team in 2019 as a freelance reporter. Her writing and photography have been featured in The Harrisonburg Citizen, where she previously served as the assistant editor; as well as The Mennonite; Mennonite World Review; and Eastern Mennonite University's Crossroads magazine.