Free clinics expand services in Penticton

Kelowna audiologist coming to Penticton to offer free hearing clinic for children.

What started as a single free dental clinic two years ago has grown into a series of dental

Parents who are concerned about their child’s hearing will have a chance this Saturday to get their child examined, without having to go to Kelowna.

Greta Henning, who in the past has arranged free dental and chiropractic clinics to help the needy in South Okanagan communities, said her group is hosting a hearing clinic on March 16 with Kelowna audiologist Stephanie Sykes.

Lack of access, according to Henning, is not limited to dental care. She hopes, through her clinics, to make it easier for people to access other services.

“I work in public health, so I do know that things are difficult to get to when a person from Osoyoos has to go all the way to Kelowna for a screening. There are other services that we could use,” said Henning. “The clinic of kindness is a great avenue to have professionals volunteer. I try to make it as easy as I can for them to do that in that I do all the ground work of advertising an getting the right people to know the services that are being offered.”

The hearing clinic is in conjunction with the Henning Emergency Clinic of Care (HECC) and Cheers Church (639 Main St.), who are hosting the clinic from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Henning, a public health worker, said she does infant screening at Penticton Regional Hospital.

“All babies born at PRH are offered a screening at the time of their birth,” said Henning. “Kindergarten students are screened through the school board and beyond that, any referrals go to Kelowna. People can access the private hearing clinics, but of course there is a fee for that.”

The hearing clinic is being conducted on a drop-in basis and is open to school-age children from four to 18 years old.

Sykes is offering to hold clinics twice a year, in the spring for children and in the fall for adults. Any referrals after the screening, said Henning, will be sent to the Kelowna audiology clinic.

Henning said that lack of access is not limited to dental care. She hopes, through her clinics, to make it easier for people to access other services.”

“I work in public health, so I do know that things are difficult to get to when a person from Osoyoos has to go all the way to Kelowna for a screening. There are other services that we could use,” said Henning. “The clinic of kindness is a great avenue to have professionals volunteer. I try to make it as easy as I can for them to do that in that I do all the ground work of advertising and getting the right people to know the services that are being offered. “

 

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Penticton RCMP seek assistance locating missing man

Victor Genero has been missing since Feb. 24; he was last seen in Penticton.

Ministry grants SD67 extension to balance books, submit amended budget

The board of trustees voted Monday to acquire outside help to deal with budget concerns

Charges discontinued in 2017 shooting death of Penticton man

The manslaughter charge against Sylvain Demers has been stayed by Crown

Fire crews respond to ‘false malicious’ fire alarm at Penticton business

The Penticton Fire Department was called to a structure fire that turned out to be a false alarm

“Who” dunnit? Penticton RCMP seek midnight masked bandit

If you recognize this culprit and give a hoot, call Penticton RCMP

Clothing, jewelry, purses: RCMP ask court about disposal of evidence in Robert Pickton case

Pickton was sentenced to life with no chance of parole for 25 years for the murders of six women

Ryan nets hat trick in return as Senators beat Canucks 5-2

Ottawa winger received assistance for admitted alcohol problem

Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs meet with provincial, federal ministers

Neither party speaking on the groundwork laid for tomorrow’s talks

Couple in crash on Highway 1 mistake Shuswap for Lower Mainland

Chase RCMP report Mercedes Benz collides with transport truck

Speaker ‘will not tolerate illegal activity’ on B.C. legislature grounds, says chief of staff

Chief of staff to the B.C. speaker Alan Mullen says situation with demonstrators appears ‘fluid’

MPs to examine privacy implications of facial-recognition technology used by RCMP

The MPs will look at how the technology affects the privacy, security and safety of children

Dates back to 2009: Calgary police lay charges in fraud involving semi-trucks

Three people from Calgary are facing charges that include fraud over $5,000

Laughing ladies and country artists sell out Okanagan venue

Alan Doyle and I Am Woman, Hear Me Laff! back to back sold out

Revelstoke mother and daughter return home after coronavirus quarantine in Asia

Jensine Morabito and her daughter were on Holland America’s Westerdam but did not catch the virus

Most Read