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Schriever clinic terminates walk-in sick call services May 1

By Staff Sgt. Amanda Delisle

50th Space Wing Public Affairs

Schriever’s clinic will replace walk-in sick call services with scheduled sick call appointments starting May 1.

Sick Airmen must call 556-2273(CARE) from 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. to schedule an appointment for sick call.

“Our goal is to increase appointment availability while decreasing the amount of time it takes for a patient to be seen by the provider,” said Lt. Col. Maureen Charles, Schriever Clinic, operating location commander.

Morning and afternoon appointments will be left open each day for sick Airmen, Colonel Charles explained. This process will help reduce time Airmen wait by having a designated time for each sick Airman to be seen, rather than everyone arriving all at the same time.

If all appointments fill up, Airmen will be transferred to the clinic nurse and may be referred to Peterson, the U.S. Air Force Academy Acute Care Clinic or an urgent care center off base.

Airmen requiring an AF Form 1042, “Recommendation for Flying or Special Operation Duty,” will still follow the same procedures to return to duty. They must have their 1042 updated at 7:30 a.m. at the Schriever clinic before returning to work.

Sick call is in place to care only for acute illnesses such as fever, vomiting, muscle strains or a minor injury requiring medical attention. Emergencies, routine physicals, medication refills and paperwork are not grounds for a sick call appointment.

At sick call appointments, a technician and nurse will screen and evaluate patients, determining if members need to be seen by the provider. Medication and quarters will then be provided as necessary.

Note: Per AFI 41-210 3.6.4, “Patient Administration Functions,” unit commanders and supervisors have the authority to grant up to 24 hours sick status at their discretion if a member’s illness or injury doesn’t require military treatment facility intervention. For illness or injuries persisting beyond 24 hours, the commander or supervisor must refer the member to the MTF for treatment and further quarters authorization.

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