Free health clinic to treat patients despite 405 freeway closures

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People give their medical history to nurses during a free health clinic at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena on October 20, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. The annual clinic continues through the weekend, despite 405 freeway closures.

The annual free medical and dental clinic is returning to the L.A. Sports Arena this week. It continues through the weekend during Carmageddon II, when Caltrans will shut down the 405 northbound between the 101 and 10 freeways, and southbound between the 101 and the Getty Center.

The 405 freeway closures will hinder but not prevent patients with wristbands from going to the L.A. Sports Arena for free medical and dental care.

Don Manelli is president of CareHarbor, the nonprofit group organizing the clinic. He said the group is sending an email to the clinic’s volunteers, warning them about the freeway shutdown.

“We don’t have a lot of options about when we’re going to do this," he said. "The Sports Arena is given to us for the event. We obviously can’t do it when there’s a USC home game, there are other events that are booked in there. And it was just reverse serendipity that Carmageddon is going to happen."

The four-day clinic begins Thursday. CareHarbor will begin handing out wristbands to patients Monday at 1 p.m. at the Sports Arena.

Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated where the 405 will be closed.

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