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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Ahead of the anticipated launch of the UT Health Austin specialty clinics Tuesday, KXAN got a first look at the new facilities Sunday. The clinics are run by Dell Medical School at UT Austin, and everyone in the medical school — from new students, to residents, to faculty — has the opportunity to help in offering this care for the Austin community.

Starting Oct.17, the clinic will offer:

  • Women’s health services, helping women with pelvic floor issues and gynecological conditions.
  • Orthopedics services, offering medical and surgical care to help those with bone and muscle conditions, from sports injuries, to arthritis, to joint replacement.
  • Neuroscience services, including coordinated care for back pain.
  • Work Life Health Solutions, helping employers to offer care for non-acute workplace injuries.

In the months to come, the neurosciences clinic will also offer services for those with multiple sclerosis, chronic pain and bipolar disorder.

The launch of these clinics is something UT Austin President Greg Fenves calls “a big deal.”

Dr. Amy Young, who is the chair for Women’s Health at Dell Medical School, said that each day the UT Austin Health specialty clinics can hold several hundred patients. Young said Dell Medical School chose which areas to focus on based on needs in the Austin and Travis County communities. She and her colleagues looked at claims data to understand what percentage of insured and uninsured women were getting care in the areas they are offering.

“We’d like to take care of as many people as we can who suffer from these conditions in Central Texas and beyond,” she said.

When patients arrive at the clinics, they are directed immediately into waiting rooms because the goal is to get paperwork done beforehand and cut down on wait time for patients, Young said. UT Austin Health hopes to make health care more…