Veterans who travel to VA facilities out of town for routine medical care now have another option close to home - that of the mobile medical unit. The unit made its first stop in Chillicothe on Monday, February 2, 2015, and will return to Chillicothe the first and third Mondays of each month (excluding holidays). The unit will be parked near the veterans monument on the south side of the Livingston County Courthouse on these days from 9:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. The mobile unit provides regular services that can be found in medical clinics, including assessments, blood draws, blood pressure checks, temperature, ordering and renewing medications, blood glucose testing, and more. The unit also is equipped with tele-health technology, which links the mobile unit to a physician at a medical facility, for video and audio assessments. Additionally, the unit is equipped with a tele-retinal system for eye care assessment. The unit is staffed with a nurse practitioner, a registered nurse, and a licensed practical nurse. The unit provides clinic services only and is not an emergency vehicle. Veterans needing emergency care should go to the hospital. The mobile unit does not accept walk-in patients. Veterans who want to switch their primary care from a facility to the mobile unit should contact Veterans Affairs and ask to speak to the registration department. Veterans needing to have lab work done or have stitches removed and don't want to travel out of town can make arrangements to be seen at the mobile unit without switching primary care physicians. Appointments for the mobile unit can be made by calling 816-922-2977 or 1-800-525-1483, extension 52977. Transportation services are also provided by contacting Veterans Transportation Service at 816-922-2449, at least three days in advance of a mobile unit visit.