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Posted 4/14/2014   Updated 10/29/2014 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: The Clinic and Pharmacy will be closed the following dates in November: Nov. 7 for readiness training, Nov. 11 for Veteran's Day, Nov. 27 for Thanksgiving and Nov. 28 for Air Force Materiel Command Family Day. 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. 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.

Flu vaccines
The 66th Medical Squadron has received limited quantities of flu vaccine for patients enrolled to the Hanscom Clinic. Currently the clinic is providing flu shots to children age 2 and under and adults 65 and older. The clinic may also provide a flu shot to those that are pregnant. Simply stop by the clinic and select immunizations at the check-in kiosk in the lobby. For dependents and retirees, those interested may also obtain a flu vaccine at no cost from a network pharmacy.  To learn more or to locate a participating pharmacy, visit here. Check the 66 MDS Facebook page for up-to-date information on flu vaccine availability.

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.

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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