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Health department Lake Placid clinic expanding hours

— Starting July 25, the Florida Department of Health-Highlands County will start offering family health planning and primary care services every Friday instead of every other Friday at its Lake Placid clinic.

When the health department reviewed its appointments and wait times, “it became apparent the family planning and primary care clinic days were ready to expand,” said spokesman John Gountas. “We are pleased to offer this additional access and work with the community to meet their needs.”

Their hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Lake Placid clinic is located at 106 N. Main Ave., Lake Placid.

In March, the community and the Lake Placid Town Council was in an uproar when it was announced the health department had decided to stop providing medical and dental services in Lake Placid.

After getting some community feedback, the health department decided to open the clinic for certain days of the month, which is now being expanded to once-a-week, starting July 25.

At a March town council meeting a health official had mentioned the health department was negotiating with Central Florida Health Care and the Highlands County Board of County Commissioners “to make provisions for care at the Lake Placid site.”

Gountas said Thursday he had no information on any potential or possible arrangement with Central Florida Healthcare other than the expanded days the clinic was going to offer.