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Posted 4/14/2014   Updated 11/24/2014 Email story   Print story


4/14/2014 - HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. -- 

66th Medical Squadron closures
The 66th Medical Squadron Clinic and Pharmacy are scheduled to be closed the following dates: Nov. 25 at 3 p.m. for an official function; Nov. 27 for Thanksgiving and Nov. 28 for Air Force Materiel Command Family Day. At all times, if emergency care is required, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room for treatment. Prior authorization is not required for emergency care. If the clinic is closed and a patient requires non-emergent care that cannot wait until the clinic reopens, please contact the Nurse Advice Line by calling 781-225-6789 and choosing the option for the NAL. The NAL will provide instructions or may authorize use of an Urgent Care Center if medically necessary. For further information visit the 66th Medical Squadron online at http://www.hanscom.af.mil/units/clinic/index.asp and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/AFMS-Hanscom-66th-Medical-Squadron/262127890474100.

Thanksgiving Week Commissary hours
The Commissary hours during Thanksgiving week, through 29, is as follows: Monday, Nov. 24, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Tuesday, Nov. 25, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Wednesday, Nov. 26, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Nov. 28 and 29 closed; Saturday, Nov. 29, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

AAFES Thanksgiving schedule
The Army and Air Force Exchange Service will be closed Thanksgiving, Nov. 27. The Exchange will open Friday, Nov. 28 at 4 a.m. for "Black Friday" shopping. A complete list of weekend sales is available at www.shopmyexchnage.com.

Nurse Advice Line update
The DoD Nurse Advice Line (NAL) has recently changed their practice regarding parents calling the NAL for the medical issues of their children. Parents must have their child with them when calling the NAL to better facilitate more effective and efficient triage.  If parents do not have their children with them, they will be advised to call back when their child is with them. The DoD NAL would also like to get feedback from all patients regarding their experience with the NAL.  If you would like to provide feedback regarding your experience, please go to this website.

Medical appointment reminders available via text, email
Have you or a family member ever missed a medical appointment at the 66th Medical Squadron clinic? Would a text-message or email reminder have helped? If answered yes to either of these questions, the clinic has a solution. Medical appointment reminders are not available by text or email, learn how at www.tricareonline.com.

Cradles to Crayons diaper drive
The Air Force Sergeants Association is sponsoring a Cradles to Crayons diaper drive scheduled through Dec. 1. Drop-off locations are in the following buildings: Base Exchange lobby, Building 1605 Room 104, Honor Guard, Building 1614 and the Military Working Dog Kennel. Cradles to Crayons provides children from birth to age 12, living in low-income and homeless situations, with the essential items they need to thrive at home, school and play. For further information, contact Staff Sgt. Paige Belin at 781-225-6173.

Clinic modernization project update
As a result of the modernization project at the Hanscom Clinic, Radiology services will not be available November 2014 through February 2015. During this time, patients requiring radiology services will be referred to a network provider. The modernization project is aimed to further improve clinical services and the ability to provide superior healthcare. The 66th Medical Squadron point of contact for further information is Lt. Col. Demea Alderman, she can be reached at 781-225-6285.

Construction Project Notification
This serves as a Notice of Traffic Interruption for a steam and condensate project scheduled through December. Work is expected along Chennault and Forbes Street near Building 1614. To accomplish this work, one lane of traffic will periodically be closed on Chennault Street and at the Forbes Street entrances to the parking lots at 1614.  During the workday Forbes Street will be narrowed, but 2-way traffic will be maintained.  At the end of the workday, steel plates will be placed over the trenches to allow full flow on the streets and into the parking lots.  The contractor will provide a worker to direct traffic through the lane restriction on Chennault Street. For further information on the construction project, contact Karl berg at 781-225-2978.

Construction projects impact sidewalks
This serves as a notice of construction on base beginning Nov. 12 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. through the end of the year. The sidewalk across the street from Building 1305 will be extended to the corner of Bestic and Schilling. An additional sidewalk will be constructed from the Hartwell Gate to connect with a sidewalk near Building 1305. In addition, the sidewalk from Barksdale to Building 1435 will be closed for repair. The lighting along with walk will be replaced. For further information on this project, contact Charles Emmons at 781-225-2946.

Skywatch Pads installed
This serves as a notice of construction on base Nov. 12 through Dec. 31 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Construction will take place at each gate to install concrete pads. To accomplish this work, the sidewalk crossing the landscaped median near the Vandenberg gate will be closed and one lane of traffic in each direction will periodically be closed. Closure of lanes near the Hartwell Gate can be expected periodically. Full flow of traffic will be restored at the end of the workday. For further information on this project, contact Charles Emmons at 781-225-2946.

Intersection construction projects scheduled
This serves as a notice of traffic interruption. Beginning Nov. 12 and continuing through December, excavation work will be done at the intersections of Grenier and Randolph Streets, Arnold and Merritt Streets, Eglin and Griffiss Streets and on Patrick Loop. Traffic will be disrupted during the duty day to allow for the operation of equipment. Normal traffic patterns will resume at the end of the duty day. For further information on this project, contact Charles Emmons at 781-225-2946.

Veterinary Treatment Facility expanded hours
The Hanscom AFB Veterinary Treatment Facility has hired an additional veterinarian and will now offer appointments three days a week. In addition to treating pets of active duty and retirees with full medical benefits, the clinic will now see pets of Reservists, National Guard and 100 percent disabled veterans. The clinic currently sees pets for preventative care, vaccinations, and minor sick calls. For further information or to schedule an appointment, contact the clinic at 781-225-2772 between 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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