WICHITA FALLS, TX– Located on 1600 10th street is the Transition Clinic: designed to help patients who are vulnerable, financially insecure and in desperate need of additional care following their stay at the hospital.
After being in Wichita Falls for 32 years, becoming a medical officer at SAFB and becoming the director of the Transition Clinic, Dr. Brian Hull says he’s proud to have a clinic that looks after people in our community who matter the most.
“A large part of what we do is help them get prescriptions. Cost of medicines are very very high, ” says Dr. Hull, “we treat a lot of chronic disease problems, hypertension, diabetes, infections. We help patients that are either unfunded or underfunded and don’t have enough resources. We help them transition out of the hospital and into the outpatient setting.”
One their most popular and effective programs is for diabetic patients, where Dr. Hull or a registered nurse evaluates their condition and sits down with the patients to talk about their disease.
Dr. Hull says, “We have a food box program that we can actually give them a box of food that shows them the proper type of food to eat and the resources on how to obtain that.”
Dr. hull is also a big advocate for their heart failure clinic. Patients with chronic, congestive heart problems receive extensive hands on care, that would otherwise cost hundreds of dollars elsewhere.
“We can see the patients on a daily basis and make sure they’re maintaining the right medication profile, then we can look for signs and symptoms of worsening disease and try to intercept that.”
Unfortunately, the ER is where most patients go first to be seen for only minor illnesses.
“Problem with that is number one: it’s for emergencies, ” says Dr, Hull, “When a patient shows up with a non emergent problem it takes them the same amount of personnel to get them through the system, so they’re tying up resources time and the finances it takes to run that.”
Dr. Hull says this is a more comfortable and less expensive way of getting treatment.
He is hosting a free benefit concert this Saturday, February 23rd, 6:30pm at The Forum. For further details, click here.
And for more information and to fill out a form for the Transition Clinic, click here.