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Doctor to open walk-in clinic

Gaurav Malhotra hopes to duplicate his popular Hernando clinics with a new one near downtown Inverness.

By JIM ROSS, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published August 25, 2002

INVERNESS -- Within the next week or so, Dr. Gaurav Malhotra plans to open a walk-in medical clinic near downtown Inverness.

The clinic will be at 105 N Osceola Ave., in the same building that houses Dr. Velukutty Balakrishnan's medical practice.

Malhotra already operates similar clinics in Brooksville and Spring Hill.

He said many Citrus patients travel to see him because he accepts insurance plans -- all HMOs, Cigna, Tricare -- that many other doctors don't. Malhotra also accepts Medicare, Medicaid and many other insurance plans.

He decided to open this business because his Hernando County operations were so well received and because Inverness had no such clinic.

"We've been told that the volume will build up very quickly," Malhotra said.

This clinic will operate like its Hernando counterparts, setting appointments every half hour.

"That way, we have space to fit in walk-ins without a lot of delays," Malhotra said.

Malhotra is board certified in internal medicine. He graduated from Christian Medical College in India and completed his residency at the Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia.

The clinic's number is 560-0009.

In other news:

REMINDER FOR DRIVERS: The local emergency medical services provider and the Citrus County Sheriff's Office remind residents of a new law that took effect July 1 that spells out drivers' responsibilities when they encounter emergency vehicles on the road.

The "Move Over Act" requires drivers to immediately and safely pull to the curb and allow emergency vehicles to pass. It also says that, when approaching an emergency vehicle that is parked in one lane of a two- or multilane road, drivers should slow to at least 20 mph below the posted speed limit and move to the open lane.

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