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Somerset hospital sends mobile clinic to tornado ravaged Mayfield

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Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital has sent a mobile clinic from Somerset to Mayfield, where tornadoes caused massive destruction.

A small team of medical professionals is staffing the clinic at the fairgrounds in Mayfield, where trucks with water, food and other supplies are rolling in.

Valerie Allen is a family nurse practitioner at the clinic and said they’ve been treating mostly respiratory illnesses, minor injuries and helping people who lost prescriptions for their medications in the disaster. 

She said there are some pharmacies open in the region where people can get prescriptions filled.

Allen said there is one common factor among the local residents coming in for treatment.

“Honestly, the people we have talked to, a lot of them are still in a little bit of shock," said Allen. "The whole situation hasn’t completely hit them. I think they’re totally overwhelmed."

Allen said the mobile clinic has treated some volunteers who’ve been helping deliver supplies and first responders who had minor cuts and bruises.

Rhonda Miller joined WKU Public Radio in 2015. She has worked as Gulf Coast reporter for Mississippi Public Broadcasting, where she won Associated Press, Edward R. Murrow and Green Eyeshade awards for stories on dead sea turtles, health and legal issues arising from the 2010 BP oil spill and homeless veterans.
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