The Bedford Christian Free Clinic will stop holding medical appointments for patients on Monday afternoons in September.
The move comes as the nonprofit clinic has struggled to maintain enough volunteer physicians to support its Monday evening hours, said Don Craighead, the clinic’s executive director. He said he hopes the reduced hours are temporary.
Already the clinic has limited its enrollment of new patients, Craighead said.
“It’s the first time we’ve had to be somewhat restrictive with our services,” Craighead said. “We have to do what is fair for our patients and our volunteers.”
The clinic has put out an appeal to find new volunteers who are willing to treat patients. Craighead said he is looking for nurses, nurse practitioners and doctors.
The clinic, which operates on total revenues of under $100,000, according to its most recent tax filing, relies on about five clinicians to treat patients. In all about 43 volunteers support the clinic.
The need for volunteer clinicians comes at a time when patient enrollment has never been higher, Craighead said. Currently the clinic serves about 330 patients.
The clinic will maintain its Wednesday hours and will continue to fill prescriptions on Mondays from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.