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ER, other services to close at the Naval Hospital Beaufort

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BEAUFORT CO., SC (WTOC) -

Major changes are on the way at the Naval Hospital Beaufort.

The hospital announced Thursday that they're getting rid of a few vital services, including the emergency room and OBGYN services.

This news came as a shock to many veterans and active duty members.

"If you're in the military, that's where you go, and if they have to send you some place then that's where they send you," said Vietnam veteran Richard Gilbert.

The naval hospital said this "will lead to changes that ensure we have the right mix of personnel and services to meet the medical needs of our sailors, marines, family members, and retirees." 

The services will be phased out over the next several months. They're expecting them all, including the ER, to be gone by June 30.

"I hate to see it go," said Gilbert.

He spent 23 years in the service, and he's been going to the Naval Hospital for many years, even spending some time in the ER.

According to the Naval Hospital, the services will shift to Beaufort Memorial Hospital.

"That's going to stress everything down there too," Gilbert said. "That's putting more people there."

The Naval Hospital said they're not expecting this to have a huge impact on Beaufort Memorial Hospital, because the Naval Hospital said their ER only sees about 30 patients a day.

Gilbert is now left wondering, what's next to go?

"They got the VA hospital there too, are they going to lose their services?" he asked.

According to the hospital's spokesperson, they're only reducing their surgical services and getting rid of the ER and OBGYN services. Nothing else is scheduled to be leaving.

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