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Urgent care clinics prepared to fill in for Naval Hospital's emergency closures

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As the Naval Hospital in Beaufort begins to phase out its emergency room and OB/GYN services, some local providers are prepared and eager to step in and help.

The Doctors Express urgent care clinic is open seven days a week and staff members say they can easily double, if not triple, the number of patients they already have.

"The emergency rooms today are filled with lots of patients, it could be anywhere from 30 to 40 to 50 or 60 percent of the patients that are showing up at the hospital emergency rooms could be seen at an urgent care facility," said Danny Robinson, Administrator of the Beaufort Doctors Express.  

Doctors Express clinic has room to spare. Robinson says they should be able to cover the patients who would have been treated at the Naval Hospital.

"Everything from colds and flus to scratches and minor lacerations," he said.

The Beaufort clinic, which opened in 2010, accepts most forms of insurance including TriCare Prime and TriCare Standard.

And their location is ideal for military members.

"We're two miles from the Marine Corps Air Station front gate, and we're four miles from the Parris Island front gate," he said.  

The clinic averages about 20 patients a day and there's always a doctor or nurse practitioner on staff.

Despite the closure of some of the Naval Hospital's emergency services, Robinson believes there are more than enough local resources to assist families in the transition.

"We're more than happy to welcome those folks here. We could see as many as 60 or 70, even possibly 80 patients a day with a couple of providers," said Robinson.  

Beaufort Memorial Hospital is still an option for both ER and OB/GYN services.

The Naval Hospital in Beaufort will be phasing out these services gradually and they expect it to be complete by June 30.

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