Henrico school debuts new telehealth clinic for elementary students

Published: Nov. 30, 2021 at 6:32 AM EST|Updated: Nov. 30, 2021 at 11:28 PM EST
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HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WWBT) - A new telehealth clinic is opening up at Glen Lea Elementary to get students quicker access to medical services. Now, there’s a whole clinic where virtual doctor and dentist visits can become as common as going to recess.

When parents get the call that their child is sick at school, parents often stop everything they’re doing to rush to their child’s aid.

“Some parents are working during the day and in evenings,” said Adrienne Cole-Johnson, with Henrico Schools.

It’s why the district is proud to jumpstart something different - a new telehealth clinic at Glen Lea Elementary School.

Virtual visits for health care or dental services are available at a moment’s notice, whenever students need it. Officials remolded a portion of the school building to make it happen.

“Students will be able to be here, look in the screen at a doctor to get some general care. Parents will be able to buzz in there too to see what’s happening,” Cole-Johnson explained.

Government and business leaders gathered Tuesday to celebrate the new initiative. The Children’s Hospital of Richmond is one of the partners.

“We can provide a lot of care, not complex care, but a lot of basic care, urgent care at the moment it’s needed and keep the child in the school,” said Henry Rozycki.

Organizers say essential mental health support will also be available.

“When children are supported as whole children, and we have a whole family approach, they’re able to learn better. They’re able to focus in school. They are in classes more often,” Cole-Johnson added.

A school nurse will still be on site. The new clinic offers another layer of services that can be available by appointment or even just walking in.

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