Frequently Asked Questions

What services does NLVS provide?

The clinic currently functions to accomplish three basic tasks:
● To provide basic health care to uninsured and underserved patients.
● To provide health education to patients through discussions about proper, balanced diets and adequate exercise in managing chronic medical conditions.
● To provide an educational environment for the training of medical students and undergraduates in healthcare.

Where is the NLVS free health clinic located?

2645 W Peterson Ave

Chicago IL, 60659

Contact Phone: (773) 275-8630

What are the hours/days of operation?

Clinics are held on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and are staffed by volunteer attending physicians, nurses, phlebotomists, pharmacists, health educators, translators, and medical students. Doors open at 9:00 a.m.ˆ

What kind of services can a patient expect to find?

The clinic provides the following services: routine blood tests (complete blood count, basic and comprehensive metabolic panels, fasting lipid profile, haemoglobin A1C, thyroid function test, and liver function test), urinalysis, 12-lead EKG, and general physical exams.

Who is eligible for free health care?

Patients seeking health care at our clinic qualify for free health care if they do not currently own a health insurance policy, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, or circumstance. While a thorough background check is not performed on every patient that visits the clinic, we run a service based on goodwill. Therefore, if you are capable of affording healthcare, please refrain from using our free services as they can be used for the betterment of an individual in greater need.

How long do appointments last, including waiting time?

The length of time a visit takes is dependent on several factors, including the reason for visitation, number of volunteering physicians, number of volunteering medical students and staff members, number of clinic coordinators, and number of patients waiting to be seen. Our aim is to limit visitation times to within 60
minutes of arrival to the clinic. That said, longer visitation times are experienced when we are limited by fewer volunteering physicians or a greater number of complex medical ailments being seen on a given day.

Can patients call in advance for appointments?

You can try to make an appointment by calling the clinic at (773) 275-8630.  There are a limited amount of spots so it may be impossible to accomodate everybody.