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Naval Hospital Beaufort to close ER in June

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BEAUFORT CO., SC (WTOC) -

As of June 1, the Naval Hospital Beaufort will no longer offer emergency room services. 

The change is due to the results of a recently held Continental U.S. Hospital Report. 

Matthew L. Nathan, U.S. Navy Surgeon General, was quoted in a news release saying, "the study was designed to ensure that Navy Medicine continues to provide exceptional health care services to all beneficiaries. As a decade of war winds down and beneficiary populations shift, Navy Medicine must look at how and where we are providing services to ensure we are aligned to best meet the needs of our patients and staff."

As a result, beginning in June, patients in need of emergency care will be directed to the nearest ER, which for the majority of NH Beaufort beneficiaries will be Beaufort Memorial Hospital.

In order to compensate for the change, the Naval Hospital Beaufort is expanding the Medical Homeport hours to have later afternoon appointments Tuesday through Thursday. 

Although these changes are significant, officials assure that NH Beaufort is simply realigning services and that the hospital will not close.

Additional information can be found on the NH Beaufort homepage at www.med.navy.mil/sites/nhbeaufort/ under the "CONUS Hospital  Optimization" tab or by calling 843.228.5306.

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