The District is hosting the 56th presidential inaugural, and will greet visitors from around the world. On Jan. 19 and 20 most hospitals will not be available for non-emergent care in support of the inaugural activities.
"People need to plan ahead for prescription refills, doctor's appointments and medical visits," said Dr. Pierre Vigilance, director for the District's department of health. "Emergency Rooms are expected to be busier than normal, non-emergent care patients should obtain care through their primary care provider before Jan. 19 or make arrangements after Jan. 20.â€
Hospitals, healthcare facilities, patients and clients should give special considerations to:
* Medication refills
* Routine follow-ups
* Dialysis services
* Medical supply deliveries
* Transportation to facilities
* Persons with disabilities
Health professionals and clients should also consider heavier traffic than normal and longer delays due to road closures during the inaugural week. Local bridges and routes leading into the District will be blocked off and inaccessible. Likewise, public transportation services such as Metrorail and bus lines will be heavily in use.
The District of Columbia health clinics will provide services on Jan. 20 at the following locations:
* Columbia Road Health Services, 1660 Columbia Rd, Northwest Washington, D.C. 20009
* Family Health & Birth Center, 801 17th St., Northeast, Washington, D.C. 20002
* Spanish Catholic Center, 1618 Monroe Street, Northwest, Washington, D.C. 20010
Health professionals are encouraged to continue to address their patients' and clients' healthcare needs during the inaugural weekend, by scheduling appointments prior to the planned inaugural activities and arranging for the provision of services at alternate offices, if necessary. Medical services available for the inaugural events will include:
* Nearly 50 medical aid stations to assist individuals and support
medical response. These stations will be staffed with trained medical
personnel from the D.C. Department of Health, the U.S. Park Service, the
HHS National Disaster Medical System, the Department of Defense and
volunteer medical professionals from the U.S. Public Health Service and
the D.C. Medical Reserve Corps.
* Eight First Aid Stations on the National Mall for the opening
ceremony Jan. 18.
* Sixteen First Aid Stations on the National Mall between the
Capitol and the Lincoln Memorial and additional stations in the Capitol
* Significantly increased ambulance support to move patients in
response to any medical emergencies.
Warming stations, like the Smithsonian Museum buildings, and others will be set up around the National Mall so that attendees can warm up.
The Department of Health Offices will be closed on Jan. 19 and 20 in observation of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday and Inauguration Day.