A Gates County nurse provides medical care on a Hyundai

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GATES COUNTY, NC (WAVY) — Past cotton fields and down a long gravel road, 10 On Your Side caught up with Mary Berry as she was doing medical treatment on a Hyundai.

A nurse with almost 20 years of experience noticed a need in her hometown. Like many rural areas, Gates County has no general practitioners. Residents have to drive 30 to 45 minutes to Suffolk, Franklin or Ahoska to see one.

Berry’s solution is to return the call to the house. 10 On Your Side went along as she visited Bud and Peggy Burden, two of her first patients.

“The service she gives us at this time of our lives is like a blessing. I call her an angel on the way,” Bud told 10 On Your Side.

The berry is licensed and can help treat chronic conditions such as heart disease and diabetes, as well as treat colds, flu, sinus infections and injuries.

“Honestly, I think mobile services are what’s needed, because if you can reach a person, why take a sick person to the waiting room to infect everyone when you can just leave them at home in the comfort of your own home?”

The berry has an affinity for the elderly population, whose numbers are growing. Many elderly people find it difficult to get to a doctor. Case in point, Bud and Peggy.

“With the situation Peggy is in, it’s going to be hard to get her right now,” Berry said.

With mobile technology, Berry can prescribe medications, do lab work right in their living room, and even order a mobile x-ray to their door.

A Government report for 2021 shows that providers benefit from observing patients in their own environment and getting to know them better.

“Some people say I’m too representative and I put my heart into my husband’s soul, you know he picks up on everything,” Berry told us.

House calls can also remove barriers to health care for people with developmental disabilities and prevent long wait times for primary care and emergency room appointments.

“Oh, it’s a blessing here, I mean, what can you say? I mean, I’m still confused, Bud Barden said.

This is happiness for Berry too. She no longer commutes three hours a day to work in the city and back, and while she still puts miles on her car, the quiet country roads bring joy to work and opportunities for providers and patients.

“Maybe people will say, hey, she did it in Gates County, I can do it here,” Berry said.

Marry Berry can be reached at Berry of personalized primary care or (252) 260-1569.

A Gates County nurse provides medical care on a Hyundai

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