Free health tests start this month

Washington residents will be able to receive free cholesterol and blood sugar checks and get dietary counseling on April 20 and every third Friday at a “Health Buggy” that will park at Immaculate Conception Church.

Peter Savoy, CEO of the Acadia-St. Landry Hospital in Church Point, said the buggy—actually a comfortable, 40-foot bus staffed by nurses—now visits nearly 20 towns in Acadiana each month.

The bus will arrive at 8 a.m. and leave about 11 a.m., but not before everybody who wants the tests has received them. “Nobody will be left unseen,” Savoy told the Town Council. The council voted its support for the program.

The tests take about 10 minutes and records are kept on the bus. Patients are given a copy of their test results. If they indicate a potential problem, patients are advised to go see their doctor.

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