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Specialty care requires travel

Health issues: A look at health care questions facing county residents

January 30, 2013
BY?LIZ?SKOCZYLAS ( , Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

While basic health care needs can generally be taken care of within Chautauqua County, those seeking some specialty care may need to travel.

However, just because services are available in the county doesn't mean they are easily accessible. With many areas in the county being designated as Health Professional Shortage Areas, a trip to the doctor could very well mean an extended waiting period.

"We absolutely need more primary care in the community, and we are well-served to have community hospitals like WCA and Brooks," said Ann Abdella, executive director for the Chautauqua County Health Network. "But, we are not one-stop shopping local."

The four hospitals in Chautauqua County WCA Hospital in Jamestown, Brooks Memorial Hospital in Dunkirk, Westfield Memorial Hospital in Westfield and Lake Shore Health Care Center in Irving service many of the needs of residents.

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