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San Jose Clinic

Free Clinic is Wednesday 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Please call (408) 715-3088 to obtain information.

Sign-up Instructions: Our clinic does not take any appointments over the phone. Patients need to come to the School Health Clinic on Wednesday morning and get in line, in order to get a ticket for that evening's clinic. The tickets are handed out by a RotaCare volunteer, usually at about 7:00 a.m. The number of available tickets will vary, depending on how many volunteers are working on that given day, but it usually ranges from about 24 to 32 tickets. Patients who receive a ticket will then need to return to the clinic at 5:00 p.m. to be seen by the Medical Provider.
If you were unable to line up early to get a ticket, you may still stop by the clinic during the day on any Wednesday to see if tickets are still available for that evening’s clinic.  We post a sign on the fence outside the School Health clinic indicating whether or not tickets are available.  If they are, you may go inside and ask for one. 

Please note: that we do not prescribe narcotics for chronic use, and we do not store any narcotics at our clinic.  Also, we are unable to perform examinations to determine disability or to complete disability forms.

Washington School

100 Oak Street
San Jose, CA 95110

(We are located in the School Health Clinic which is actually on Edwards St. behind the school;  see the map at right)

Clinic Operations Manager: Felicia Barkley (408) 715-3088
Medical Director: Roger Lake, MD

  • Minor illnesses/injuries
  • Chronic condition management
  • Physical Exams
  • Gynecological
  • Referral services as needed
  • Spanish speaking interpreters



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Quarterly Newsletter

Medical Director: Roger Lake, MD

A patient story from a physician's perspective!

A 35-year-old thin Spanish-speaking woman with diabetes complained of a two-month history of severe attacks of itching all over her body.  During the attacks, she would become so desperate that she wanted to die.  Then she would experience symptoms of panic, including shakiness, shortness of breath and dizziness. 

The patient denied symptoms of depression or insomnia.  She believed that the problem might be due to some insects that live in her apartment.  When the patient had finished telling her story, she burst into tears.  She and her husband are planning to leave the apartment at the end of the month. 

In my 40 years of medical practice, I have never encountered a patient with this kind of history, i.e., intermittent severe itching without any skin changes.  I supported the patient’s idea of changing apartments and gave her a bottle of Benadryl, one of the medicines that we keep in stock at the clinic, to use for the itching, since she had not tried an antihistamine.  I also prescribed a limited number of Xanax pills for her panic attacks and ordered a complete blood count in case there might be some abnormality in the white blood cells that would support the idea of allergy. 

I look forward to seeing her again after her lab work is complete.


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