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The Wilson Area Student Health Clinic at Beddingfield High School opened last month, but the official ribbon cutting, organized by the Wilson Chamber of Commerce was held Tuesday.
The new WASH facility serves as a health clinic for all WCS employees as well as students at Beddingfield and the Wilson Academy of Applied Technology. There is also a clinic at Forest Hills Middle School.
At WASH, parents can give consent for their child to be provided with health resources so the parent does not miss work and the child remains in the school building. WASH is open during the school year and staffed by a nurse practitioner, a registered nurse and an office manager.
The staff provides diagnosis, treatment and resolution of health problems and also performs athletic physicals. Referrals are made to other physicians and health providers as needed.
Large portions of both clinics were funded through grants from the Healthcare Foundation of Wilson, and staffing is provided by the Wilson County Health Department.
“WASH is a wonderful example of organizations and businesses in Wilson coming together to serve students,” said Lane Mills, WCC superintendent.
In 2014, Wilson County Schools and Wilson 20-20 Community Vision developed the Wilson County Youth Master Plan to improve the lives of youth in the community. In the Health and Wellness section of the Youth Master Plan, school-based health centers were identified as a strategy to improve health because these centers provide affordable and accessible health services to students without them having to leave school.