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Slots all filled for free medical clinic

With demand from uninsured residents for medical care so overwhelming, all the slots for a free medical clinic to be held in Charlotte Tuesday have filled up, the National Association of Free Clinics said.

As of Friday, more than 1,000 appointments had been made.

The Communities Are Responding Everyday Clinic, sponsored by NAFC in conjunction with the North Carolina Association of Free Clinics and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation, will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Charlotte Convention Center.

“With the large number of uninsured people calling to register for free medical care at the clinic, we had to stop taking appointments,” NAFC Executive Director Nicole Lamoureux said.

Officials are looking for more medical volunteers, such as doctors, nurse practitioners, physicians assistants, and registered nurses, to help at the clinic. Nonmedical volunteers are also needed to help with documentation, logistical support, patient intake and translation, among other things.

If enough volunteers step forward, more patients would be accepted at the clinic, officials said.

Those interested in volunteering can go to freeclinics.us

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