The Montgomery County Health Department has scheduled a lead level testing day for children Monday, July 7, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Mercy Clinic Family Medicine Cherryvale, 203 W. Main.
Finger-stick tests will be offered free of charge for children ages 12 months to 18 years of age. Testing will be done on a walk-in basis; no appointments will be taken. Parents will complete a brief registration form for their children, to include mailing information for test results. Birth certificates are not required.
The test is designed to measure lead levels in the bloodstream, and results will be available one to two weeks after testing. In the case of significantly abnormal test results, the health department will conduct any necessary follow-up with the families.
Educational handouts related to lead levels and health effects will be provided by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, and Mercy giveaways also will be offered to participating children.
More information is available by contacting the health department at 620-251-4210 or the Mercy clinic at 620-336-2131.