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Free health clinic handing out wristbands today for appointments

September 24, 2012 |  9:36 am

Uninsured and underinsured residents seeking medical care at a massive free health clinic may obtain wristbands on a first-come, first-serve basis, beginning Monday.

The event, hosted by the Los Angeles-based nonprofit Care Harbor, gets underway at the Los Angeles Sports Arena on Thursday. To attend the clinic, patients must have a wristband. About 4,800 wristbands will be distributed starting at 1 p.m. The parking lot opened at 7 a.m.

The event will take place from Thursday to Sunday. The clinic will be open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

Participants can choose which day they want to attend. The wristbands are not transferable. If the patient is a child, the wristband will be given to the parent, who must bring the child to the clinic.

In years past, the event has drawn thousands of uninsured and underinsured residents looking to get their teeth pulled, eyes examined and blood pressure checked. The clinic also connects patients with follow-up care in the community.

The organization is looking for volunteers, both general and medical, to participate in the clinic. More information is available on Care Harbor's website.

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