FCI La Tuna Medical Care

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Routine Appointments

At the FCI: To make a routine appointment, bring your Commissary ID Card,
request an Inmate Request for Triage Services, from the Unit officer, fill it
out and report to the Health Services Department between the hours of 6:00
a.m. and 6:30 a.m., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, except for
holidays. Here’s a brief summary of what you need to do to sign up for

- When your turn comes turn in your Triage form.
- Triage is defined as the classification of patients according to
the priority of need for examination and/or treatment. Triage
allows truly urgent conditions to be addressed adequately on the
same day, while also allowing more routine conditions or concerns
to be addressed at a scheduled appointment.
- You should be at Health Services for your appointment. Be sure
you get with your detail supervisor in time to leave your work
detail during the open move. You will not be seen by medical
staff without your appointment slip.

At the FSL: Single building to the North of the Administration Building. The
entrance on the South side is for staff only. The main entrance for inmates
to the Health Services Department is on the East side of the building. Triage
, turn in medication refill bottles, weight scales, inmate bulletin
board, and the Pill Line Window is located in the Waiting Room. Triage is
available Monday through Friday. No Triage Call on Weekends/Holidays.

Inmates requesting medical information or to be seen on Triage will report to
the Health Services Department (Waiting Room) to see a Mid-Level Practitioner
during scheduled times before reporting for work. Inmates assigned to UNICOR
Laundry will sign in between 5:30 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. All other work details
will sign in between 6:00 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. All inmates will be seen
individually to receive information requested or to be Triage.

At the FPC: A dispensary is located in the Administration Building.

Sick-call sign up is conducted on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and
Fridays from 6:30 a.m. to 6:45 a.m. and again at 7:00 p.m. to 7:15
p.m. daily. All inmates desiring to be Triage must sign up at the
Medical Dispensary at the posted times.

In case of emergency, contact the dorm officer or a member of the
staff who can contact the medical staff.

Urgent Care services( injuries, chest pain, asthma attacks) will be available
at all times, either through on site providers or community emergency


At the FCI: You may be required to take medication for a period of time as a
result of an illness. Due to the nature of a correctional facility, most
medications are passed out by a staff member. In order to receive your
medication, it may be necessary for you to report to Health Services at one or
more times during the day. If this is the case, you will be provided with an
appointment card which will note your name, the medication, and the times you
are to receive it. If you are scheduled for such appointments, please be sure
that you have not only the appointment card, but your ID card as well. You
must have both before your medication can be dispensed.

The times that medication is dispensed will change on weekends and holidays.

Following is the schedule:


6:00 a.m. – 6:30 a.m.
ll:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. or until the last unit goes to lunch
8:30 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.

Weekends and Holidays (non-work days):

6:00 a.m. – 6:30 a.m.
11:45 a.m – l2:15 p.m.
8:30 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.

At the FSL:


6:00 a.m. – 6:30 a.m.
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. (Noon)

Weekend and Holidays:

8:15 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. (Noon)

At the FPC:


6:15 a.m. – 6:30 a.m.
7:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.


At the FCI: Dental problems may occur during your stay here and in the event
you need to see the Dentist, please report to Triage and make an appointment.
You may request other dental services, such as annual checkups, cleaning,
etc., through an “Inmate Request to Staff Member” form addressed directly to
the Dentist.

At the FSL: Dental Triage for dental emergencies – pain, infection, broken
tooth or denture, report to regular Triage times, have your supervisor call
the Health Services Staff during the work day, see the Physician Assistant
during the evening or on weekends and holidays or see the Shift Lieutenant at
night. For Dental Treatment, get on the list by submitting a cop-out to the

You will get a copy back within a week – if not, see the Health Services
Administrator. Keep in mind call outs for dental care are based on your
7dental needs, your cleaning needs, and your cop-out date. Comprehensive
dental care is provided – not just extractions – talk to the Dentist if you
have specific questions about your dental needs.


Initial screening physical examinations include, but are not limited to the
following components: 1) Medical and Mental Health, 2) Dental and 3) Ordering
of appropriate laboratory and diagnostic tests if clinically indicated.
Intra-system transfers do not need a second complete initial physical
examination as long as one has been completed for this period of confinement.
Inmates who present with any new medical problems will be assessed
appropriately. The Medical Director will ensure the availability of age
specific preventive health examinations (e.g. cancer screening) for the

Specialized medical care (not provided by contract personnel) is provided by
local hospitals. The ambulance service responds in a timely manner to our
medical needs.


In order to be placed on the list to receive an eye exam, send in an Inmate
Request to Staff Member form stating your request. After your exam, Health
Services will order your glasses for you. The glasses usually require four to
six weeks for delivery. If you desire, we will provide you with a copy of
your prescription and an Authorization to Receive Package form and you may
purchase glasses from an outside source at your own expense.

Contact lenses will only be approved by hospital staff for certain medical


With very few exceptions, all institutional job assignments require you to
wear safety (steel toed) shoes on the job. If you have a deformity of the
foot or acute medical conditions requiring orthopedic shoes, prosthesis or
orthosis, Health Services will issue you the appropriate footwear.


Watch the call-out sheets daily to see if you are scheduled for clinical
appointments, laboratory, or X-Ray procedures, physical, dental clinic, or
follow-up visits. Medical call-outs are mandatory. Failure to show up for a
call-out will result in an incident report.


If you are experiencing any medical problems of an emergency nature, contact
any institution staff member. The staff member can obtain medical assistance
for you within minutes. This is very important for you to remember: regardless
of the time of day or night, do not attempt to get to Health Services if you
are having what you consider to be a medical emergency. Immediate contact
should be with your detail supervisor or dorm officer.


All new inmates are issued institution steel toed shoes.

If you receive a pair of shoes which do not fit properly due to wrong size,etc., go to the clothing issue to resolve the problem. If you have a bonafide orthopedic problem which prohibits you from wearing standard issue, seek medical attention to discuss your medical condition with the Physician’s Assistant or send a Cop-Out to the Physician. The Physician is the only Health Care Provider who can authorize and/or issue steel toed shoes other
than the standard issued pair. Certain medical criteria(s) must exist for an inmate to receive these special issued steel toed shoes.


Unit Staff are the only ones who make specific job assignments. The Health Services Department issues information regarding any physical duty restrictions to the Unit Staff. Unit Staff are then responsible
for placement in a work assignment which takes these restrictions into consideration. If you cannot perform a specific work assignment due to your medical condition, you should contact Unit Staff and not members from the
Health Services Department.


In accordance with BOP policy, if you were incarcerated with a pre-existing medical condition, i.e., hernia, hearing deficiency, etc., and it will not be detrimental to your health and well being during your confinement, the BOP will NOT take action to correct that problem.

If it becomes a further detriment to your health during your confinement, then corrective action will be taken. This determination will be made by the Health Services Administrator after diagnosis from the Clinical Director

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