SEATTLE - Hundreds of people have lined up outside KeyArena at the Seattle Center to get free medical care Thursday.
Seattle and King County Public Health, dozens of partner organizations, and thousands of health care professional and community volunteers are available to offer a broad range of dental, vision and medical services to people in need.
The services range from physical and gynecological examinations to tooth extractions and fillings, vision care and new eyeglasses, and disease diagnosis.
The health care event will run through Sunday.
To secure a spot at the event, people must line up in the patient waiting area, where tickets will be distributed. The area opens at 12:30 a.m. each day and admission tickets are distributed starting 5 a.m. Tickets are limited to 1,000 a day. By late morning, all the spots had been filled Thursday and the rest were turned away.
Thursday morning, about 500 people had lined up.
Admission and patient registration starts at 6:30 a.m. Entry is provided on a first come, first served basis. No identification or proof of citizenship is required. Each patient receives a free admission ticket for a maximum of two services each day (medical care and dental or vision).
Thousands are expected to attend the four-day event. Last year, the clinic served about 3,400 patients.