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New Services Added to Fall Rotary Blood Screening

The Braxton County Rotary Club, in conjunction with WVU Medicine’s Braxton County Memorial Hospital has announced the dates for their Fall blood screening. The low-cost testing will again be expanded to more than the typical one-day event. The event will follow much the same format as their past two screenings to comply with COVID restrictions and reduce wait times. Plus… this year two new services will be available.
Participants can have a basic panel of 35 popular blood tests for the low price of $35. In addition, several tests can be added for a very nominal price: TSH (Thyroid) $10, PSA (Men only) $20, Seasonal Flu Shot $20, Hemoglobin and A1c $15. For the first time patients will be able to add a Vitiam D screening for just $25. Vitamin D is essential to good bone health. Its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and neuroprotective properties support immune health, muscle function and brain cell activity. This low price represents a 75% savings over the normal cost which is not normally covered by Medicare, Medicaid or most insurances.
In addition to the regular flu shot organizers will also be offering a Fluad High Dose Flu vaccine for patients over 65 years of age. It is suggested that those eligible, discuss the difference between this and the regular flu shot with their physician.
COVID vaccinations will not be administered in conjunction with the blood screening.
All participants will have to pre-register and be assigned a time to have their blood drawn. Typically, this results in extremely short wait times. Up to 2 immediate family members (i.e., husband and wife) can be scheduled at the same time.
This year the event will take place on the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday prior to Saturday October 15 as well as the same three days following the Saturday event.
Those who find the weekdays more convenient will have their blood drawn at BCHM’s old Community Health Center location between the hours of 7:00 and 10:00 AM. Participants may choose from Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, October 12th, 13th, or 14th as well as October 19th, 20th, or 21st. The Saturday event will be from 6:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Time slots need to be pre-arranged and are assigned on a first come first serve basis. Participants taking advantage of the weed-day blood screening will have their blood drawn in the small building infront of the hospital near the main entrance. Just look for the signs. The Saturday event will be held in the former Community Health Center facility in the southern most portion of the BCMH building through the end entrance. Again, please follow the signs.
When patients register, they will be assigned a time and are asked not to arrive more than five minutes before their scheduled appointment. Times will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis, so participants are encouraged to register early. A special portal is available to reserve a time slot at: https://rotaryscreen Scheduling by mail is still available. Once the application is processed the patient will be advised by telephone exactly what time has been assigned to them. Patients may also call the Citizens’ News office at 304-765-5193 to register and receive a time, or the BCMH Lab at 304-364-1035. Payment can be mailed or paid at the door.
Face covering will be required at all locations. Patients are reminded to fast for at least 12 hours prior to testing for accurate results.