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Screenings offered October 27th – 31st Patient First wants everyone to enjoy the frightful fun this Halloween by offering free digital X-ray imaging of Halloween candy. Bags of candy may be brought into any Patient First Neighborhood Medical Center from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.on October 27th through October 31st. An adult should always inspect the candy before allowing a child to enjoy the sweet rewards of their trick-or-treating. This free X-ray offer is an additional precaution parents may consider. It will help provide parents peace of mind about the treats their children receive by possibly detecting objects like, glass, metal or plastic. Parents still need to provide supervision since some foreign materials may not appear in X-rays. Here are five reminders to help insure your “Trick-or-Treaters” have a fun and safe Halloween: 1. Know the route that your children will take if you do not go with them. 2. Younger children should go with adults. 3. If possible, give your children a cell phone and check in with them during the evening. 4. Set a time for everyone to be home. 5. Nobody eats their treats until checked by an adult. As an additional safety measure, Patient First will provide free safety blinkers at each of our medical centers during the month of October (one per person, while supplies last). The blinking light may be attached to a child’s Halloween costume and can help increase visibility. Stop by any of our medical centers and inquire at the front desk or ask your nurse if you are visiting us for medical care. Patient First is committed to the health and well-being of all children. Our doctors are available to discuss Halloween safety. (Note: Editors and reporters are permitted use of the attached graphics.) Related Content • Healthy Halloween: • The Teal Pumpkin Project: • Trick-Or-Treat Safety Quiz: About Patient First All Patient First Medical Centers are open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day of the year, including holidays. Patient First provides non-appointment urgent care for routine injuries and illnesses, as well as primary care for patients who do not have a regular physician. Each Patient First center has on-site digital x-ray, on-site laboratory, and on-site prescription drugs. Patient First currently operates medical centers in Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.

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