WESTERNPORT - Jeff O'Neal of the Western Maryland Health System was present at the Westernport Council meeting on Monday evening to give details of the opening of a health clinic in the community on Thursday, June 8.

By Jean Braithwaite
Tribune Correspondent
WESTERNPORT - Jeff O’Neal of the Western Maryland Health System was present at the Westernport Council meeting on Monday evening to give details of the opening of a health clinic in the community on Thursday, June 8.
An open house is planned for that date, from 9 a.m. to noon.
He said the clinic, sponsored by the Western Maryland Health System, will be in the space adjoining the council chambers, where the former local police force was located.
O’Neal said that a high number of people from Westernport have been hospitalized over the years, and, “Our presence here will bridge the gap while healing from a hospital stay.”
He said a certified nurse practitioner will be on staff, and examples of what will be covered at the clinic will be lab work, EKG, and acute problems such as sore throat, among other medical needs.
O’Neal said that sometimes patients are unable to see their primary care physician in a timely manner or there is a delayed appointment, and the clinic could meet this need for medical treatment.
“The clinic is a stop-gap before emergency room treatments,” he said.
Saying that psychiatric services will be available at the clinic, O’Neal added one service that will not be available is, “We will not be prescribing narcotics.”
He said for now the clinic will be opened for a span of three hours at a time, and could increase or decrease in operational time, depending on the usage of the facility by citizens, but wanted the local people to know, “We are here to meet your needs.”
In other business, mayor Daniel Laffey, told those in attendance at the council meeting that a possibility of a new Dollar General Store could happen in Westernport.
He said that he and officials of the business toured the town “looking for sites for a new dollar store,” with a focus on Main Street to replace the present store on Church Street.
Laffey said areas of Main Street is in the flood plain, and, “We want to keep the store in our town.”
The date for the next Westernport government meeting has been changed to Monday, July 10, at 7 p.m