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DHSS Press Release



Rita Landgraf, Secretary
Jay Lynch, Communications Director
(302) 540-4979, Cell
Email: jay.lynch@state.de.us

Date: September 8, 2011
DHSS-72-2011





TRANSITIONING OF MILFORD CLINIC PATIENTS


After establishing that ample community capacity for services exists among area health care providers at 10 separate sites, Delaware's Division of Public Health (DPH) is reducing the hours of service for its sexual and reproductive health clinic at the Milford State Service Center after Sept. 9. Rather than being open five days per week, the clinic will be open on Tuesdays and Fridays, from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. These new hours will begin the week of Sept. 11.

Current patients of the clinic located at 253 NE Front St. in the Riverwalk Shopping Center in Milford were notified by mail on Sept. 7 and provided with options of 10 alternative providers.

DPH sexual and reproductive health clinics provide pregnancy testing, physical exams, birth control education, counseling, screening and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases, HPV vaccination, Pap tests and breast exams.

"Central Delaware's health care community has welcomed the opportunity to serve any additional patients from this reproductive health clinic," said Dr. Karyl Rattay, DPH director. "Given that adequate community capacity for services exists, DPH will focus on providing services that impact the community as a whole, rather than individuals. We'll do this by working with community stakeholders to assure services, evaluating teen pregnancy data, and promoting education so that unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases are avoided." DPH informed Milford patients that the following area providers have agreed to receive them immediately at the locations below:

Planned Parenthood Health Center
805 S. Governors Ave., Dover, DE 19901
Tel: (302) 678-5200
La Red Health Center, Inc.
505 West Market St., Suite 100, Georgetown, DE 19947
Tel: (302) 855-2020
Dedicated to Women
200 Banning St., Dover, DE 19904
Tel: (302) 674-0223
Westside Family Healthcare
1020 Forrest Ave., Dover, DE 19904
Tel: (302) 678-4622
Dr. Albert H French
306 Polk Ave., Milford, DE 19963
Tel: (302) 424-2200
Bayside Health Association
600 N. DuPont Highway, Suite 208
Georgetown, DE 19947
Tel: (302) 856-3597
Bayside Health Association
1535 Savannah Road, Lewes, DE 19958
Tel: (302) 645-4700
DELMED Health
431 Savannah Road, Lewes, DE 19958
Tel: (302) 644-9080

Bayhealth physicians can be available as well, please see their website at www.bayhealth.org

The Delaware Division of Public Health Sussex County Health Unit
Thurman Adams State Service Center
544 S Bedford St., Georgetown, DE 19947
Tel: (302) 856-5225
The Delaware Division of Public Health Kent County Health Unit
James Williams State Service Center
805 River Road, Dover, DE 19901
Tel: (302) 857-5150

Delaware Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware's citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations.





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