IN Bethel Park Spring 2018 - Page 10

WHAT’S NEWS IN BETHEL PARK HEALTH DEPARTMENT OFFERING FREE LEAD TESTING FOR CHILDREN The Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) is now offering free blood lead level testing for uninsured and underinsured children in Allegheny County. Testing will be done at ACHD’s Immunization Clinic every Tuesday (9 a.m.-12 p.m.) and Thursday (12‑4 p.m.). No advance appointment is necessary. The clinic is located on the fourth floor of the Hartley Rose Building (425 First Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15219); patrons are advised to enter the building via Cherry Way. “To support the new universal lead screening regulation in Allegheny County, we are pleased to announce our new lead testing services for uninsured and underinsured children,” said Dr. Karen Hacker, ACHD Director. “In Allegheny County, children can be exposed to lead from multiple sources including paint, dust, soil and water. Blood lead testing is an important strategy to identify children who have been exposed, and intervene.” Blood lead level tests at the Immunization Clinic will be done via a capillary screen or what is commonly referred to as a “finger stick.” Parents and/or guardians should call the health department at 412.687.2243 to find out if they qualify for these services. Children with elevated test results from the capillary screen will be referred to their primary care provider to have a required confirmatory blood draw (a venous test) at another location as prescribed by the child’s health care provider. ACHD is reminding parents and providers that the regulation requiring all children in the county, unless otherwise exempted, to have their blood lead levels tested went into effect on Jan. 1. The RENTAL - SALES - SERVICE H WE FILL PROPANE TANKS H Hammer Drills Log Splitters Scissors Lifts Chop Saws Torpedo Heaters Dry Wall Lifts Floor Nailers Generators Pumps Stump Grinders Sod Cutters Tillers Mixers Electric Hammers Floor Sanders Augers Snakes Pressure Washers Floor Sanders Propane Gas Delivery and Pickup Available - Reservations Encouraged 412-833-7300 5901 Baptist Rd., Bethel Park, PA 15236 8 724.942.0940 TO ADVERTISE ❘