The Middletown Health Unit's hours of operation were reduced last week, according to the Delaware Health and Social Services' Division of Public Health.
The Middletown Health Unit’s hours of operation were reduced last week, according to the Delaware Health and Social Services’ Division of Public Health.
The division alerted patients earlier this month that the clinic’s hours would be reduced to 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays, effective April 5.
Public health officials said the changes were necessitated by the center’s dwindling use by patients and the division’s need to consolidate its services.
The Middletown Health Unit at 214 N. Broad St. provides family planning and women’s health services, sexually-transmitted disease testing and counseling, as well as services related to the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC).
WIC office hours will not be impacted by the reduction in health clinic service hours, division officials said.
Health unit patients unable to walk in or schedule appointments on Tuesdays and Fridays have been provided a list of area medical providers who accept Medicaid, private insurance and a sliding scale fee system for those without insurance.
On days the Middletown Health Unit is not open, patients are directed to call the Porter State Service Center in Wilmington at 302-777-2860 to speak to a nurse.
For additional information on specific medical tests, patients are directed to visit www.dealwareunisured.org or call the CHAP/VIP program at (800) 996-9969 or 211 for service referrals.
Patients in need of medical records or further information also can call 302-378-5200.