VA North Texas Health Care System
Bonham VA Extends Hours to Serve More Veterans
July 31, 2013
BONHAM - It's not always possible to schedule a doctor's appointment during normal business hours. Busy work schedules and family life can prove challenging to juggle and sometimes seeing a doctor may become less of a priority.
Bonham VA has extended its availability for primary care and mental health services to make health care more accessible when Veterans need it. Appointments are now available for primary care and outpatient mental health appointments from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. every Tuesday and 9 - 11 a.m. every Saturday.
Physician, nursing, laboratory, radiology and pharmacy services are available during these extended hours that also accommodate scheduling outpatient appointments. Normal business hours are 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday and a physician is on-call on Sunday for Veterans residing in inpatient programs and consultation for outpatient services. Veterans in need of emergency care are referred to Red River Regional Hospital.
Specialty outpatient services available at Bonham during normal business hours include dental, audiology, dermatology, ENT, gynecology, optometry, telemedicine, special exams registry and Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) program. Bonham also has a Home Based Primary Care program with more than 150 Veterans enrolled.
Additional medical programs at Bonham VA include a Community Living Center that provides long-term care, restorative care, dementia special care unit, respite and palliative care. The domiciliary program provides two phases of substance abuse, a health maintenance program and compensated work therapy. A transitional residence program provides services to assist Veterans to sustain employment and stable housing in the community.
VA North Texas Health Care System Director Jeff Milligan sees the Bonham VA as a valuable resource to Veterans in North Texas and southern Oklahoma. "Extending appointment times for primary care and mental health services in Bonham improves access to care and could save Veterans a trip to Dallas VA," Milligan said.
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VA North Texas Health Care System serves more than 113,000 patients each year, delivering more than 1.4 million outpatient visits to Veterans in 38 North Texas counties and two counties in southern Oklahoma.