By Rachel Dove
WILLIAMSON - Ed Gentle, administrator of the Mingo County Coal Slurry Litigation Settlement Medical Monitoring Program, has announced that the Medical Monitoring Program will return to Mingo County to provide testing services to participating class members in the Mingo County Coal Slurry Litigation beginning April 8.
The medical monitoring services will be provided by a mobile medical clinic operated by Apple Mobile Medical. Those class members who did not take part in last fall’s round of testing may do so now. They may schedule an appointment with the mobile medical clinic by calling the administrator at (800) 345-0837.
The mobile medical clinic will be located in the parking lot of the Mingo County Redevelopment Authority, located at 1100 E. 4th Ave. It will arrive and begin setting up on Monday, with testing to begin on Tuesday. Testing will continue through April 12. Those tested may then return for a follow-up visit, at which the doctor for the Medical Monitoring Program will discuss the participant’s test results for them. These follow-up visits will be scheduled at the initial test visit, and will begin April 21.
Additional benefits provided by the Medical Monitoring Program include CT scans for those who qualify, mammograms for women over the age of 35, and follow-up examinations by medical specialists for those requiring additional services.
The Medical Monitoring Program provides medical testing and physical evaluations to the 722 class members involved in the Mingo County Coal Slurry Litigation, which involved allegations of groundwater contamination in the areas of Rawl, Lick Creek, Merrimac and Sprigg.
Those participating in the Medical Monitoring Program have the option of receiving their medical testing and physical evaluations at the mobile medical clinic, or by arranging to receive the services at their own doctor.
The administrator and his staff would also be happy to answer any questions you may have.