New mobile medical screening unit being launched today

The Ronald McDonald Mobile Unit that will soon begin providing free screening services in the northern portion of Harris County was donated to the Harris County Hospital District Foundation by Ronald McDonald Charities. The goal of the unit is to provide free screening services and health education to Harris County children (ages 0-20) that are not currently accessing services at a health center, school-based clinic, or other established health care location, and to facilitate establishment of a primary care home for them. The services that will be provided on the unit are as follows:

Vision Screening
Hearing Screening
Well-child exams performed
by a Registered Nurse
Distribution of Health Education Information
Eligibility Screening for the Harris County Hospital District Gold Card

All services provided on the unit are free. Parents will need to accompany children under the age of 18 in order to provide parental consent for the screenings. For children that need immunizations, parents should bring a copy of their child’s shot records. Eligibility screening is provided so that children may be referred into the Harris County Hospital District Community Health Program for a primary care home once they are determined to be eligible for HCHD services.

The unit will begin operations on Tuesdays and Saturdays until full-time staff is hired, after which services will be provided Tuesday through Saturday. The initial schedule is:

Tuesday, Sept. 11, Burrus Elementary School, 701 E. 33rd. St. – unit will be on site from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 15, Northwest Health Center Health Fair, 1100 W. 34th – unit will be on site from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 18, St. Leo The Great Parish, 2131 Lauder Rd. – unit will be on site from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Sites for the other Tuesdays and Saturdays in September will soon be confirmed and will be published as soon as possible.