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Health clinic aims to serve

A clinic that recently opened on West Third Street aims to provide care to families and children who most need it.

The facility, called “Hope Clinic of Farmville,” opened at 1100 W. Third St. across from the Barbara Rose Johns Farmville-Prince Edward Community Library on Dec. 4.

Tammy Wingo, family nurse practitioner and founder, started the process in September to open the clinic after noticing a need for additional health care options, particularly in the case of doctors retiring or moving to other specializations.

“They’re glad that we’re here, and we’ve opened,” Wingo said, referring to the responses from people in the area about the clinic opening.

Wingo, who graduated from the University of Virginia and has been in practice since 1998, said she was born in Amelia and had attended Longwood University where she completed prerequisite classes.

“I’m a native of Central Virginia,” Wingo said.

The clinic, located at the former office of Dr. Kwabena Donkor, has exam rooms and provides wellness exams and sick visits.

“We can’t always predict when our child is sick or when we get bronchitis or when an emergency raises our blood pressure,” Wingo said, noting that walk-ins are welcomed, though appointments are preferred.

The clinic walls also contain artwork from artist Sarah Wells, 15, of Blackstone, and the photo of the hands holding the stone that reads “Hope Clinic” was taken by Wingo’s daughter.

“There’s a lot of personal touches, a lot of services provided a lot of support,” Wingo said, who noted that area doctor Lawrence Varner had trained her.

Wingo said as the clinic continues to grow, she is thinking of developing an office lab close to the clinic, bringing in another health care representative and extending its hours in the case of demand.

The current clinic hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday, Wingo said.

Wingo, who said she splits her hours between the clinic and Wayland Nursing and Rehabilitation Services in Keysville, said the clinic aims to be another option for people in the area.

“It has always been my desire and dream to open a clinic,” Wingo said.

“This is for everybody from birth to beyond,” Wingo said. “We’re here for everyone.”

To learn more about the clinic, call (434) 394-2422.

This article has been corrected from its original version.