Free Clinic Newton            Sussex County NJ
 
 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


What kind of medical problems are handled at the Free Clinic?  The Clinic is staffed by physicians and nurses with a wide range of medical skills, managing urgent care problems and chronic care problems.  Some examples of medical problems receiving treatment are: eye problems, high blood pressure, diabetes, rashes, injuries, joint problems and sprains, urinary problems and woman's health issues, infections, minor procedures, and other medical problems as able (developed as problems present).  


What days and hours are you open? Currently, excluding Holidays, we're open Monday evenings (6p-8pm), Thursday evenings (6p-8p), and first/third Saturday mornings (9a-11a).  Check the website for specific days not open.  Clinic hours may change based on volunteer availability and nasty weather.


Do I need an appointment?  No, since the Free Clinic is for walk in patients, no appointments are taken.


Do I need to live in Sussex County to visit the Free Clinic?  No, anyone can visit the Free Clinic regardless of where you live.



What qualifies me to visit the Free Clinic?  1) income at or below the 200% Federal Poverty Level (FPL), which is $44,000 annual income for a family of four. 2) No health insurance coverage (you should use your insurance elsewhere, saving precious Free Clinic resources for those patients without insurance).


If I have insurance, can I still visit the Free Clinic?  Technically no, but some people have catastrophic coverage and high deductible policies (HDHP), which means that they would need to pay a lot before getting past their deductible.  The Free Clinic understands this dilemma and will accept the patient for free care.  Likewise, a person should not use the Free Clinic just to avoid making an insurance copayment ("copay") to their doctor.


Is there any cost for a doctor visit? No, the Free Clinic Newton is FREE to patients needing services, supported by community donations and staffed by volunteer citizens, nurses and doctors.  A personal donation in appreciation is acceptable (there's a Donation Box on the desk), but not expected or required.


If I have Medicare, can I use the Free Clinic?  Medicare is insurance, and so you should use your physicians in the community, saving precious Free Clinic resources for those patients without insurance.  Some Medicare patients need an eyeglass prescription, which is a non-covered service, and can't afford the refraction at the eye doctor's office.  So those Medicare patients will get a refraction and eye health screening exam (which is not a complete or comprehensive eye exam, which should be done at an eye doctor’s private office).


If I have Medicaid, can I use the Free Clinic?  Medicaid is insurance, so you should use your physicians in the community, saving precious Free Clinic resources for those patients without insurance.  There is also the Neighborhood Health Clinic (on Spring Street across from Rite Aid) that sees Medicaid patients.



What is the Free Clinic's 973-400-8432 phone number used for?  When a patient or volunteer needs to leave a message for the Free Clinic, this phone number will record the message and forward the message to the Clinic's staff.  It is not used to make appointments (none are needed), but can be helpful in some situations.


Can you help with food or clothing?  Yes.  The Free Clinic is one way to help citizens gain access to the Food Banks and Clothing Banks in Sussex County through partnerships with groups providing these helpful services to those in need.


Do you offer counseling services?  There are some counseling services available through the Free Clinic, often in coordination with our community's social counsellors, pastoral counsellors and protective counsellors.  This is very specific to the individual person, and would be developed in a unique way for you.


Will I have much of a wait? It depends on the number of people ahead of you, the severity of your condition, and the complexity of the patient problems that day.  Waiting times will vary, some waiting should be expected, and most waiting should be acceptable.




Can you take care of teeth problems? Dental infections can be treated with antibiotics.  Currently, our dental services are very limited due to space and equipment.  There is a Neighborhood Health Center (973-383-7001) with a Dental Clinic up the road (on Spring Street across from Rite Aid in downtown Newton), and they can manage most problems there, accepting insurance and also charging a $40 copay.  For dental extractions and some repairs, this is currently the only local choice.  http://www.phcmednet.org/dentistry.htm.  The UMDNJ Dental School (973-972-4242) at 110 Bergen Street in Newark also offers charity care for dental work, requiring transportation to Newark to receive these services; we are told the best way to the Clinic is through the Dental School's emergency department.


Do you provide vaccinations? No, as we don't have a way to reliably refrigerate them.  But the county’s Public Health Service (973-579-0570) offers vaccinations and flu shots through their HealthCheck Clinics, Well-Child Clinics and by special arrangements with citizens; call them for details.


Do you provide TB skin testing? No, as we don't have a way to reliably refrigerate the test, or then check the skin injection site two days later.  But the county’s Public Health Service (973-579-0570) offers TB skin tests through their HealthCheck Clinics, Well-Child Clinics and by special arrangements with citizens; call them for details.


How much will prescribed medications cost me?  We have made arrangements with Walmart, Weis and ShopRite for discounts on generic drugs, which is often the first choice with prescriptions.  Some antibiotics can be obtained for FREE.  Other area pharmacies are very cooperative with a Discount Pharmacy Card that we provide, making drug prices much more affordable.  In extraordinary situations when a specific medication is too expensive (even with discounts) and desperately needed, on a case by case basis, help will be provided through the charity of the Free Clinic Newton.

Discount Pharmacy Card: http://www.nbbispecialsite.com/templates/contents/card.php?site=peoplehelp&card=1


Do you provide eye exams?  Yes, eye exams with an eyeglass prescriptions are done at the Free Clinic when the eye doctor is providing Clinic services.


Where can I get eyeglasses?  You can take your eyeglass prescription to any optical shop to get glasses.  For discount eyewear, sensitive to your financial situation of Free Clinic Newton patients, The Optical Center in Newton, out on Rt 206 North across from Lowe's hardware store, has a program to provide certain low cost or free eyewear to Free Clinic patients with a Free Clinic eyeglass prescription.  This program, supported by The Optical Center's Blair Foundation charity, is available to everyone after a short application; only one eyeglass service can be provided per individual.


Can I get contact lenses through the Free Clinic?  No, contact lens renewals and contact lens fittings are not available, simply because this is not a medical problem.


Can the clinic do minor procedures?  Yes, based on the nature of the procedure.  If possible, some procedures can be done right then.  Some procedures will require planning or obtaining proper supplies, and this would be arranged with the patient as a follow up visit to performed the planned procedure.


Can skin wounds be sutures and first aid provided in the Free Clinic?  For minor injuries and some lacerations, the Free Clinic Newton has suture material and first aid supplies to help treat the injury.


If blood tests are needed, how are these done?  Through an agreement and arrangements with Newton Medical Center (Atlantic Health System), patients can get labs through the hospital's laboratory system, with arrangements made on a case-by-case basis.  Within the Free Clinic, routine labs or curiosity labs are usually not done, reserving specific lab studies to those patients with specific problems.


If X-rays or CT/MRI Scans are needed, how are these done?  Through an agreement and arrangements with Newton Medical Center (Atlantic Health System), patients can get imaging studies through the hospital's radiology system, with arrangements made on a case-by-case basis.  Within the Free Clinic, routine X-rays or curiosity images are usually not done, reserving specific studies to those patients with specific problems.


Can I get a school or camp physical at the Free Clinic? Not really, but sometimes this would be provided based on how busy the Clinic is that day.  If the Clinic is busy and there are sick people to see, the wellness visit and school/camp physical would not be possible.  Since the Free Clinic is not about doing paperwork or filling out forms, as these things distract us from providing important medical care, anything that requires completing a report or filling out forms is avoided.


Can I get Disability or CDL paperwork completed at the Free Clinic?  No.  Since the Free Clinic is not about doing paperwork or filling out forms, as these things distract us from providing important medical care, anything that requires completing a report or filling out forms is avoided.


Can I get a pre-employment physical done at the Free Clinic?  Not really, but sometimes this would be provided based on how busy the Clinic is that day.  If the Clinic is busy and there are sick people to see, the wellness visit and pre-employment physical would not be possible.  Since the Free Clinic is not about doing paperwork or filling out forms, as these things distract us from providing important medical care, anything that requires completing a report or filling out forms is avoided.


Can I get pain medications at the Free Clinic?  No, nothing more that a recommendation to take Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin (Advil or ibuprofen).  Absolutely no narcotics or controlled drugs are prescribed.  NEVER. And no pain medications, narcotics or interesting drugs are kept at the Free Clinic.


Where can I park when visiting the Clinic?  There is parking space in the Moose Lodge parking lot immediately in front of the Clinic.  There is a town parking lot adjacent to the Moose Lodge, between Camp Iliff and the Moose Lodge, where the Town of Newton permits Clinic patients/visitors to park.  And there are open marked parking slots on Spring Street, in front of the Moose Lodge, for a half dozen cars to park.


What security is provided at the Free Clinic Newton?  Patients will find the parking lot lighted, but the asphalt is rough in some places.  The Moose members watch over the Clinic visitors, frequently checking the outside building during Clinic hours.  The Newton Police patrol the area frequently, especially when the Clinic is open.  The building's exterior and interior of the Clinic has surveillance cameras and motion sensors connected to an Alarm Company.  The interior of the Free Clinic is triple locked.




 

Free Clinic Newton

  1. -Free Healthcare Clinic

  2.     for the Uninsured

  3. -Volunteer Doctors, Nurses

  4. -Community Volunteers

  5. -501c3 Charity (45-4224214)

  6. -No Federal or State Funds


Downtown Location

Moose Lodge #432

4 Diller Ave

       (at end of Spring Street)

Newton, New Jersey 07860


Mailing Address

  Free Clinic Newton

  c/o Eye Care Northwest

  350 Sparta Ave, Bldg A

  Sparta, New Jersey 07860

Inquiry: 973.400-8432

Free Clinic Hours 
(Open Monday Evenings, Thursday Evenings, and first/third Saturday mornings)

NO CLINIC HOURS on Holidays

Monday: 6pm-8pm 
Tuesday: not yet
Wednesday: not yet
Thursday: 6pm-8pm
Friday: not yet
First/Third Saturday: 
               9-11am
Sunday: not yet

Downtown Location
Moose Lodge #432
4 Diller Ave
Corner of Diller & Spring Str
Newton, New Jersey 07860

Contact Information

For those of you who would like to get in touch with us, you'll be pleased to know that our contact information has been provided below. If you're having trouble finding the location of the clinic, you may refer to the directions we have provided for assistance.

Contact: Jeffrey Liegner, MD, Medical Director
Mailing: c/o Eye Care Northwest, 350 Sparta Ave Bldg A, Sparta NJ 07871
E-mail: FreeClinicNewton@embarqmail.com
Phone: (973) 400-8432         Fax: (973) 729-8322

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